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2019 News Corbin Event
February 11, 2019 : Joseph Carter Corbin memorabilia donated to OHIO Chillicothe

 

Gladys Turner Finney, author and researcher who has written numerous publications on Joseph Carter Corbin’s life, visited Ohio University Chillicothe to honor Corbin’s Ohio Civil Rights Hall of Fame induction.

 

A reception was held in the Stevenson Center, where several faculty and students gathered to hear Finney speak. After a quick introduction from Dean Martin Tuck, Finney spoke about the accomplishments of Corbin and what earned him a spot in the Ohio Civil Rights Hall of Fame. Corbin had earned a bachelor’s degree and two master’s degrees from Ohio University, and used his education to open what is now known as the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. Corbin was the third African American to attend Ohio University, and the second to graduate. Corbin also co-founded and became president of the Arkansas Teachers Association, was a leader in the Prince Hall Masons, and served as a secretary and Grand Master of the lodge’s Arkansas Chapter.

 

After Finney discussed Corbin’s induction, 12 year old Tyree Solace took the stage to recite a soliloquy based around Corbin’s life.

 

Following the soliloquy, Finney briefly mentioned that a scholarship fund through Ohio University has been started in Joseph Carter Corbin’s name. Funds for the scholarship are currently being collected.

 

Finney closed the ceremony by officially donating pieces from Corbin’s Hall of Fame induction to the campus’ Quinn Library. The items she donated included: a program from Corbin’s Ohio Civil Rights Hall of Fame induction, a video of the induction ceremony, a historical poster of the recent inductees, a congressional recognition from congress member Joyce Beatty, the certificate of induction nomination from the Ohio Senate, and a recognition of induction from past Ohio Governor John Kasich.

 

All historical pieces will be placed on display in Quinn Library within the Stevenson Center.