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Louis Austin and the Carolina TimesA Life in the Long Black Freedom Struggle$
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Jerry Gershenhorn

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781469638768

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469638768.001.0001

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Louis Austin and the Carolina Times

Jerry Gershenhorn

University of North Carolina Press

Born in 1898, Louis Austin came of age in rural Halifax County in eastern North Carolina, during an era of increasing oppression of African Americans. Raised in the African Methodist Episcopal church, Austin was greatly influenced by his father, a barbershop owner, who taught his children that all people were equal before God. Austin moved to Durham in 1921 to attend the National Training School, now North Carolina Central University. In Durham, Austin encountered a black community with a thriving black middle class and many successful black businesses, notably North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company and the Mechanics and Farmers Bank, two of the largest black-owned financial institutions in the nation.

Keywords:   Louis Austin, Durham, Standard Advertiser, Carolina Times, William Austin, North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company, John Merrick, Charles Arrant

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