By Louis Bolling, Contributor

HuffPost, April 26, 2017 —

Originally established as The Ashmun Institute, Lincoln University received its charter from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania on April 24, 1854, making it the nation’s first degree-granting Historically Black College and University (HBCU). Lincoln University

Almost 30 years ago, Lincoln University – America’s first degree-granting historically black university – assumed control of the Barnes Foundation, owner of one of the world’s most important collections of late-19th- and early-20th-century art. The alma mater of US Supreme Court, Justice Thurgood Marshall, and Harlem Renaissance poet, Langston Hughes, and the famed repository, with some of the finest collections of impressionist, post-impressionist and early modern paintings, have entered into a partnership to create a museum studies program.

“This program will offer students rich courses that are complemented by hands-on, project-based learning. Students’ unique opportunities will include access to staff, collections, and other resources at Lincoln and the Barnes Foundation,” said Blake Bradford, the newly appointed director of the museum studies program and former Bernard C. Watson Director of Education at the Barnes Foundation.

“The new museum studies major will provide students the tools that are critical to begin careers or pursue graduate studies in the museum field.”

Students from Lincoln University loved their classes at the Barnes! Hear their stories, then create your own!