Ten issues of the student newspaper from the Henderson Institute are now on DigitalNC. The Henderson Institute was founded in 1891 with the goal of educating the black community. It was funded by the United Presbyterian Church. The school closed in 1970 but maintains an active alumni group and our partner, the Henderson Institute Historical Museum stands on the original grounds of the school in Henderson, NC.
The topics covered in the paper include events happening at the school, topics of study in classes at the school, as well as important events in the black community both locally and nationally. The issues of the paper span 1937 through 1969, showing the evolution of the school in the middle of the 20th century, including some very interesting papers from the World War II era where there is discussion by the students of the juxtaposition of the United States push for liberty abroad while race relations on the home front remained fraught. The early papers published in the 1930s were done under the direction of the English department but later issues appear to be have been produced by a specific group of the student body independently at the school.