University Libraries at UNCG Contribute African American History Materials to Google Cultural Institute
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of the State Normal and Industrial School, circa 1895
Visitors to the Google Cultural Institute site may also view an exhibit regarding African Americans at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 1892-1971. To view the exhibit and learn more about the UNCG materials on the site, see https://uncglibraries.culturalspot.org/home
This exhibit traces the history of African American faculty, staff, and students at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG), from its opening as the State Normal and Industrial School in 1892 until 1971. Through digitized photographs and documents as well as audio clips from oral history interviews conducted as part of the African American Institutional Memory Project, viewers can learn more about African American employees on campus prior to desegregation, Jim Crow-era debates over the use of facilities by African Americans, the fight to integrate the student body, student involvements in the sit ins and protest movements of the early 1960s, the founding of the UNCG Neo-Black Society in 1968, and the hiring of the first African American faculty members.
Some of the highlights of the exhibit:
- Photographs of African American employees who worked on campus in the 1890s and 1900s. Many of these photographs have never before been published.
- Letters from campus administrators outlining the Jim Crow era segregation laws that impacted the use of campus buildings and facilities by African Americans.
- Audio clips from oral history interviews conducted as part of the African American Institutional Memory Project. Clips include JoAnne Smart Drane discussing her arrival on campus as one of the first two African American students, Karen Lynn Parker recalling her participation the Tate Street protests over segregation in 1963, and Marie Darr Scott discussing the founding of the Neo-Black Society in 1968.
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