105 artifacts of North Carolina Central University

A collection of 105 artifacts dating back to the early years of North Carolina Central University was exhibited on campus July 1 in celebration of the university’s 105th anniversary on July 5, 2015. The pop-up exhibit was in the James E. Shepard Memorial Library and has remained on display on the university website.

Special guests for the celebration were Ms. Maggie P. Bryant, a member of the Class of 1938 who turned 100 years old on July 2, 2015 – born just five years after the campus was founded as the National Religious Training School and Chautauqua for the Colored Race. Family members of founder Dr. James E. Shepard were also attended.

Among items to be displayed are the 1929 campus yearbook, a 1947 report from the U.S. President’s Committee on Civil Rights, a 1975 vinyl recording by the University Choir, and photographs of visits to campus by former Presidents Gerald Ford and Bill Clinton, as well as President Barack Obama.

The 105th Anniversary Collection is curated by the University Archives, Records and History Center with assistance from Alicia Melton, a student in the School of Library and Information Science. For more information, contact Andre’ D. Vann, coordinator of University Archives, at 919-530-6254 or avann@nccu.edu.

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