Good Wednesday! Did you notice the 1st edition book we have authored by our library’s namesake? We have many books by and about Charles W. Chesnutt available for checkout!
His father Andrew J. Chesnutt was one of the seven founders of the Howard School (now Fayetteville State University). Charles was a notable pupil who became the 2nd principal of the school serving from 1881-1883. He later became one of the first nationally recognized Black authors of fiction writing. Chesnutt wrote stories about racial issues or as is was called in his time, “the color line”. His sister Anne Chesnutt also graduated from the State Normal School (2nd name of the school) and became the Jeanes Supervisor of Black schools in Cumberland County prior to the era of integration.
Feel free to learn more about the books on display here by clicking on the links to their information page via our online catalog.
The Wife of His Youth and Other Stories of the Color Line by Charles W. Chesnutt
Where Do We Go From Here, Chaos or Community? by Martin Luther King Jr.