Lizzie Chambers Hall was the wife of W. T. Hall, who was the pastor of Baptist churches in Danville, Virginia from 1897-1907, and in Roxborough, Pennsylvania from 1913- 1928.
Photo of Lizzie and an article she wrote from her scrapbook
The Lizze Chambers Hall Papers contain photographs, scattered family correspondence, and a scrapook which Lizzie compiled.
The scrapbook contains news papers clippings, pictures, religious tracts and broadsides, printed and manuscript poems (some of which were written by Lizzie herself ) and other memorabilia. It is a fascinating record of certain elements of African American family life and religious practices in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Click here to link to the finding aid for the Lizzie Chambers Hall papers.
William Jesse Kennedy, Jr. (1889 – 1958) was a prolific businessman and community leader in Durham, N.C., who also served as the fifth president of the North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company. During his lifetime, Kennedy participated in numerous professional and civic activities in addition to his duties at NC Mutual. He served as chair of the board of directors at Mechanics and Farmers Bank, and as a member of the Howard University Board of Trustees. He was a life-long proponent of education and a member of the James E. Shepard Foundation, an organization that awarded scholarships to students attending North Carolina Central University. In addition, Kennedy was very active with the Boy Scouts of American, the NAACP, and Durham’s Lincoln Hospital, among many others.
The collection is rich with correspondence, photographs, and organizational records that document Kennedy’s myriad business and civic activities. A few examples of photos from the collection are included below. Click the link below to learn more about the collection: http://www.lib.unc.edu/mss/inv/k/Kennedy,William_Jesse.html.
William Kennedy at White Rock Baptist Church
William Kennedy and John Avery Boys Club Basketball Team
The William Jesse Kennedy, Jr. papers are part of the African American Resources Collection that are held jointly with North Carolina Central University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Click here to learn about the six other collections that are part of this larger collection, which includes the White Rock Baptist Church records and the Floyd McKissick Papers.
Our partners at Documenting the American South (DocSouth), a digital publishing initiative sponsored by the University Library at UNC Chapel Hill, have just published a very interesting feature on their website about the history of the Commission on Interracial Cooperation (CIC). In addition to the essay on CIC’s history, DocSouth provides links to digitized oral histories and documents on the site.
Here’s a snippet of the essay:
“In 1919, a small group of men met in Atlanta to form the Commission on Interracial Cooperation (CIC), selecting Will Winton Alexander as their first director. North Carolina launched a state division in 1921. This month, Documenting the American South recognizes the 90th anniversary of the formation of this ground-breaking civil rights organization.” [Click here to read the rest of the history...]