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Feb. 21, 2014
Congressman Butterfield visits HCC, presents Black History Month program
WELDON, N.C. – Congressman G. K. Butterfield, representing North Carolina's first congressional district, visited the Halifax Community College (HCC) campus on Feb. 19 at The Centre. While on campus, he toured the School of Health Sciences and presented a program as part of Black History Month.

"Let me commend the College for recognizing Black History Month," said Butterfield. "I want to thank the College for understanding the importance of this month."

Butterfield then talked about the transatlantic slave trade and Middle Passage, the system of slavery in America, the Antebellum period, free people of color, the Civil War, Reconstruction and the passage of the 13th Amendment. He also read aloud the 1831 law regulating the conduct of African Americans as well as the law forbidding the teaching of slaves to read and write. He described Abraham Lincoln’s platform in the election of 1860 and the process of issuing the Emancipation Proclamation.

Then, Butterfield talked about the literacy test that was established as a way to prevent citizens from registering to vote. He also highlighted the formation of local schools such as the Brick School, which served rural African Americans in eastern North Carolina and provided academic training and an extension program for agricultural workers.

During the program, Dr. Rae Mitchell, arts chairperson for the Lake Gaston Chapter of The Links Inc., presented a video to Butterfield, HCC President Dr. Ervin V. Griffin Sr. and Learning Resources Director Marc L. Finney that documents the legacy of the Brick School.

Lastly, Butterfield discussed the Civil Rights legislation of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. In addition, he talked about the local election case of Horace Johnson Sr.
Congressman G. K. Butterfield
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Primary Media Contact: Melanie Temple, Director of Public Relations and Marketing, mtemple295@halifaxcc.edu, 252-538-4319

Secondary Media Contact: Dr. Dianne Rhoades, Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Halifax Community College and Executive Director of the Halifax Community College Foundation Inc., dbarnes-rhoades128@halifaxcc.edu, 252-536-7239