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Aaron Henry Papers

Identifier: UP000364

Scope and Content

Part 1:

Series 1: Correspondence, 1965-1970

Series 2: General files This material consists of reports, clippings, pamphlets, notes, and similar items.
Part 2:

Series 1: Correspondence

Series 2: General files


  • 1965 - 1969



Collection is open for research.


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Aaron Henry was born in Coahoma County, Mississippi on July 2, 1922 and attended the public schools there, graduating from high school in 1941. From 1943 to 1946 he was in the armed forces. In 1950, Mr. Henry received his degree in pharmacy from Dillard University in New Orleans. Then he returned to Clarksdale, Mississippi and established the Fourth Street Drugstore, which is now a center in the black community for a variety of programs and drives. In 1952 Mr. Henry helped to establish and became the first president of the Clarksdale branch of the NAACP. By 1959 he had risen to State President of the Mississippi NAACP. Among the positions held by Mr. Henry have been member of the National Board of the NAACP, Chairman of the Mississippi Voter Registration and Education Project, Chairman of the Democratic State Committee for Mississippi, President of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party and Delegate-at-Large for that group to the 1964 Democratic National Convention. In 1963 he ran for Governor in Mississippi, receiving more than 90,000 votes. The citizens of Mississippi declared April 12, 1970 as "Aaron Henry Day", whereupon Mr. Henry received the NAACP state award for twenty years of dedicated service. On July 2, 1970, he received the "Abraham Lincoln Award" from the National Education Association Center for Human Relations.


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Mr. Henry, a native of Mississippi, has been a leader in the struggle for civil rights in that state for many years. He has been president of the Clarksdale NAACP, state president of the Mississippi NAACP, chairman of the Mississippi Voter Registration and Education Project, president of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party and also its delegate to the 1964 Democratic National Convention. The collection deals with nearly every phase of the civil rights battle, Democratic politics, and various government poverty programs in Mississippi. Letters of Ramsey Clark, John Doar, Everett Dirksen, Charles Evers, Orville Freeman, Hubert Humphrey, Edward Kennedy, Robert Kennedy, Martin Luther King, James Meredith, Sargent Shriver, and nearly every leader in the field of civil rights appear in this collection.


Part 1: Arranged in 2 series – Series 1 (Boxes 1-3), Series 2 (Box 4). Folders are arranged alphabetically.
Part 2: Arranged in 2 series - Series 3 (Boxes 5-9), and Series 4 (Boxes 10-13). Folders are arranged alphabetically


The papers of Aaron Henry were deposited with the Labor History Archives in October 1969 and October 1970.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by W.P in December, 1969, and updated by P.H. in January, 1971-01.
Guide to the Aaron Henry Papers
Processed by W.P.
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Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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Detroit MI 48202 USA