Collection Number: 05678-z

Collection Title: Gatha Horton Lassiter Papers, 1954, 1970s-2000

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Size About 25 items
Abstract Gatha Horton Lassiter (1910-1988), of Chapel Hill, N.C., worked in practical nursing, was active in the civil rights movement, and volunteered with several local churches and other community groups. The Gatha Horton Lassiter Papers consist of photocopied articles and clippings, photographs, funeral service programs, letters, and other materials that document her community service work, extended family, and prominent African-American residents of Chapel Hill, N.C. There are also two articles from American Nationalist opposing efforts by the U.S. Supreme Court and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) to promote racial integration.
Creator Lassiter, Gatha Horton, 1910-
Language English
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Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Gatha Horton Lassiter Papers #05678-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received as a gift from Jane Kelly Monroe in February 2016 (Acc. 102517).
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Gatha Horton Lassiter (1910-1988) was born in Chatham County, N.C., to Alford and Minnie Horton. She married Charlie Royster Lassiter in 1931 and with him had two children. Gatha Horton Lassiter at some point moved to Chapel Hill, N.C., where she did practical nursing, was active in the civil rights movement, and volunteered extensively with several churches.

Gatha Horton Lassiter had at least one sister, Murtha Horton, who married Mack Python Bynum. Their daughter Rosa Jane Bynum married Clarence Farrar.

Charlie Royster Lassiter had at least one brother, Theodore Roosevelt Lassiter. He married Maggie Gee, who worked for Dr. John Thaddeus "Thad" Monroe and Jane Douglas "Coolie" Kelly Monroe. The children of Theodore Roosevelt Lassiter and Maggie Gee Lassiter include Ned Lassiter and Wilhemenia Lassiter, who married Andrew Thomas.

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The Gatha Horton Lassiter Papers consist of photocopied writings and newspaper clippings about her extensive community service work; family photographs and funeral service programs; fundraising letters from the Gospel Highlights Corporation; and articles and clippings about poet Moses Horton, family members, and Chuck Stone and Frances Hargraves of Chapel Hill, N.C. There are also two articles from American Nationalist opposing efforts by the U.S. Supreme Court and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) to promote racial integration.

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Contents list

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About 25 items.

Folder 1

Lassiter, Gatha Horton #05678-z, Series: "Gatha Horton Lassiter Papers, 1954, 1970s-2000." Folder 1

Photocopied article from Hope and Dignity: Older Black women of the South by Emily Herring Wilson, newspaper clippings about Gatha Horton Lassiter's community service work, funeral service program.

Folder 2

Farrar, Horton, Lassiter, and Thomas families #05678-z, Series: "Gatha Horton Lassiter Papers, 1954, 1970s-2000." Folder 2

Copy print photographs of Horton family members, circa 1910s; letters relating to an appreciation event for Charlie Lassiter and Gatha Horton Lassiter and to fundraising by the Gospel Highlights Corporation; photocopied newspaper clippings about Lane Lassiter and poet Moses Horton; and other family funeral service programs.

Folder 3

Other papers #05678-z, Series: "Gatha Horton Lassiter Papers, 1954, 1970s-2000." Folder 3

Newsletter article about a Chapel Hill Historical Society presentation by Chuck Stone on his memories of Martin Luther King Jr.; newspaper clipping on Frances Hargraves, an educator and civic leader in Chapel Hill, N.C.; and articles from American Nationalist opposing efforts by the U.S. Supreme Court and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) to promote racial integration.

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Processing Information

Processed by: Nancy Kaiser, May 2016

Encoded by: Nancy Kaiser, May 2016

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