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African American Education Spotlight Series: Charlotte Hawkins Brown

This month we are highlighting our African American Education Digital Collection in celebration of Black History Month. Currently, this collection contains materials from the Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum as well as materials from the Division of Negro Education of the Department of Public Instruction.

Today’s post features Charlotte Hawkins Brown. As an educator, civic leader, and founder of the Palmer Memorial Institute, she was a pioneer in education and demonstrated unwavering dedication to helping her students reach their greatest potential.

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Charlotte Hawkins Brown, top center, is seen photographed with four other Palmer Memorial Institute faculty members, ca. 1902. Photo courtesy of the Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum. African American Education Digital Collection. State Archives of NC. [source]

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African American Education Spotlight Series: James Henry Harris

This month we are highlighting our African American Education Digital Collection in celebration of Black History Month. Currently, this collection contains materials from the Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum as well as materials from the Division of Negro Education of the Department of Public Instruction.

Today’s post features James Henry Harris, an eloquent spokesman for a variety of causes, including equal access to education for African Americans and an end to legal discrimination—in North Carolina and beyond.

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The New England Freedman’s Aid Society appointed James Henry Harris “a teacher of freed people in North Carolina” on August 31, 1865. James Henry Harris Papers. Private Collections. Civil War Digital Collection. State Archives of NC.

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African American Education Spotlight Series: Joseph Charles Price

This month we are highlighting our African American Education Digital Collection in celebration of Black History Month. Currently, this collection contains materials from the Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum as well as materials from the Division of Negro Education of the Department of Public Instruction.

Today’s post features Joseph Charles Price: black educator, orator, and civil rights leader. Price established Livingstone College in 1882 (originally established as Zion Wesley Institute) in Salisbury, North Carolina and served as its first president.

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A photograph of Salisbury’s J. C. Price High School. This photo was taken for the Sesquicentennial International Exposition in 1926. The school was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2010. Division of Negro Education. Public Instruction Records. State Archives of North Carolina.


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Racially Radical: Integration at Black Mountain College

The Western Regional Archives in Asheville presents an exhibit about the integration of Black Mountain College, a small liberal arts college in rural western North Carolina.  Black Mountain College has been called radical for both its vision and approach to learning and has been thought of as a strange compound of free spirits and hippies (before hippies were cool).  Many names and adjectives have been used to describe the unique institution in Swannanoa but for such a small,short-lived entity, the school left a lingering legacy that is being researched worldwide.

Helen Post Modley image from 1936, African Americans were a part of campus life at Black Mountain College even before their 1944 integration

Black Mountain College went against traditional norms of institutions of higher learning and attracted some distinctive faculty and students.  It’s most well-known for the exceptional level of art and artisans created there but perhaps the most radical element of Black Mountain College, often unrecognized, is its early path towards integration.

The campus was a community of diversity so perhaps integration was not that radical in the minds of the faculty and students, but examined within the context of location and time, suddenly the move to admit black students to their college becomes intensely profound.

We invite you to explore more about Black Mountain College and its 1944 integration through this exhibition featuring documents and images from the Western Regional Archives. This exhibit was created through the research and assistance of interns from UNC-Asheville, Lyndsey Henderson and Phillip Espisita and is on display through March 2013. The Western Regional Archives is located at 176 Riceville Rd., Asheville, NC 28805.

One of the exhibit cases showcasing the integration materials located at the Western Regional Archives