The History of Homecoming
Beginning with the 1924-1925 academic year, Homecoming at Lincoln University has become the highest attended annual event at the institution. The first Homecoming Queen was Miss Mary Dennie who's official title was Queen of the Quill.
Due to financial constraints during the Great Depression years of 1930-33 and 1943, when the event was canceled due to World War II, Lincoln did not observe an official Homecoming celebration. However, during those years, Lincolnites continued to return to campus in the Fall to reunite and display pride in their alma mater.
Although the beginning of the Lincoln University Homecoming program is fairly inauspicious, it grew in events and attendance throughout the years.
The coronation of the Homecoming Queen, an already popular event, was bolstered by the addition of the Homecoming Parade in 1939. An entertaining crowd pleaser, the parade which features marching bands from colleges and high schools; floats and dignitaries, would wind its way from the Lincoln University campus to the downtown Jefferson City area and back to LU. It has traditionally attracted attendance that stretches all along the route; delighting children and adults alike. The parade route has changed slightly over the years but always winds up back at the Lincoln campus near the "The Foot", a traditional gathering place at the intersection of Lafayette and Dunklin streets where Lincolnites reunite and share their memories.
The Homecoming Dance, another annual favorite, began in 1936 along with the Bonfire and both events are continued on to this day. In addition, concerts by popular performers have been a strong attraction throughout the years at Lincoln Homecoming. Musical artists such as George Shearing, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder and Earth, Wind and Fire have entertained Lincolnites for over 60 years with high caliber talent.