CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
H.Res. 660 is expected to be considered on the floor of the House on Wednesday, October 21, 2009, under a motion to suspend the rules, requiring a two-thirds vote for passage. The legislation was introduced by Rep. Larry Kissell (D-NC) on July 17, 2009.
H.Res. 660 would resolve that the House of Representatives:
• "Recognizes the distinguished history of the Laurinburg Normal Industrial Institute;
• "Acknowledges the Laurinburg Institute's remarkable contribution to the education of African-Americans and other people in the State of North Carolina and the Nation; and
• "Commends the enterprise and dedication of the McDuffie family in creating and sustaining the Laurinburg Institute."
According to the resolution's findings, the Laurinburg Normal Industrial Institute (referred to as the ‘Laurinburg Institute') was founded on September 15, 1904, in Laurinburg, North Carolina, by Emmanuel McDuffie and his wife Tinny Etheridge McDuffie at the request of Booker T. Washington of the Tuskegee Institute and William Edwards of the Snow Hill Institute. The Laurinburg Institute is the oldest of only four historically African-American boarding schools still remaining in the United States.