Grambling, Louisiana: 1941. 24” x 18” poster printed both sides and folded to a 9” x 6” brochure. Very good: some insect predation at and near the bottom edge not affecting any images or text; a couple of tiny separations at intersections; light spotting and a few small stains.
This is a photographically illustrated brochure, which opens to a poster, for Louisiana Negro Normal (LNN), the school that eventually became Grambling State University.
LNN was established as the Colored Industrial and Agricultural School in northern rural Louisiana in 1901. By 1928, it was a state junior teacher's college, focused on rural education and community development. The school expanded, added curricula and became Grambling College in 1946.
This brochure invited “graduates of approved high schools who are desirous of living a more useful life.” It also shared that the school was “situated in one of the few all-Negro communities in the United States” and offered “a low-cost college in an environment free from evil and distracting influences.” The poster has six photographic images, revealing student opportunities such as painting, drama and choir, a shot of the football team and one of the women's basketball team. Six additional images in the brochure reveal the institute's growth, depicting newly constructed academic buildings and a new school bus, as well as the car and office that served as the school's “field service unit.”
A rare and eye-catching poster, worthy of exhibition, which shows the development of an important African American educational institution. No holdings found in OCLC or online; Grambling holds a copy of a 1944-45 Bulletin, which appears to be a booklet and not a poster. Very good. Item #7318