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Shreveport, Louisiana
Assessing and Preserving Black History in Louisiana

Southern University at Shreveport is Louisiana’s only two-year HBCU. The Black Ethnic Archives, which are housed at the University Library, preserve the underrepresented history and accomplishments of Northwest Louisiana’s African American Community, making them available to scholars and researchers. The Archives house the entire run of the Shreveport Sun, which is Louisiana’s oldest African American weekly newspaper. It also holds the papers of prominent African Americans from the region, including educators, businesspersons, and civic and religious leaders. A recent NEH grant helped Southern University at Shreveport determine how to properly preserve its collection, while a subsequent grant allowed it to purchase the necessary supplies—such as environmental monitoring equipment and light filters—to do so.

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