Moorland-Spingarn Research Center Activities


Photographer Lou Jones, and his assistant, prepare to photograph materials for a Black History Month calendar being developed by Aetna. Each month of the calendar will focus on an Historically Black College or University. The Howard University page will feature an array of items representative of life on the campus, including artifacts and historical photographs from the Center, a varsity jacket, Greek fraternity pins, and University souvenirs.


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This is the bible presented to the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center by Emperor Haile Selassie I during his visit to Howard University in 1954. It was exhibited at the Enlightenment Reasoning on Rastafari II, a program commemorating the 70th anniversary of the coronation of Emperor Selassie.  Rastafari III, a program commemorating the 71st anniversary was held at the Blackburn Center, Howard University, from October 30 through November 1, 2000.


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Representing James E. Poe, Imperial Potentate of The Ancient Egyptian Arabic Order Nobles of the Mystic Shrine (A.E.A.O.N.M.S.), John Alston, Chief Rabban of Mecca Temple #10 of Washington, makes an annual monetary contribution to MSRC. Director Thomas C. Battle accepts the check for $1,000. Known as the Shriners, this organization established its archives at the Center in 1975. Since then a delegation of Shriners has made annual visits to reaffirm the organization’s distinctive support of African American history and culture. Financial contributions now total over $125,000. The A.E.A.O.N.M.S. Archives, presently consisting of over 170 linear feet of materials dating back to 1893, is one of the oldest organizational archives in the collections of the Center.


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