From its establishment in 1887 by the Freedmen's Mission Board of the United Presbyterian Church through the beginnings of school integration in 1970, the Henderson Institute was the only secondary school open to African Americans in Vance County. This building is all that remains of an educational complex that once anchored the surrounding African American neighborhood. The museum has preserved recordings of the schools and offers permanent exhibits. Open to the public on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 1 pm to 4 pm and other times by appointment. Contact Edna Scot at (252) 430-0616. Only minutes from the Historic District of Henderson's downtown area.
Henderson Institute Historical Museum
629 W. Rockspring St.
Corner of N. Beckford Dr. & W. Rockspring St.
Henderson, NC 27536
Latitude: 36° 20' 15.36" N
Longitude: -78° 24' 0" W
From I-85 take Exit 214. Travel South on NC 39 about 1/4 mile and turn Left at stoplight onto N. Beckford Drive. Follow N. Beckford Drive until you see pedestrian bridge over highway. Museum is located on your left immediately after the bridge at 629 W. Rockspring St.
- Donations Accepted
- Free Parking
- Hours of Operation: Wednesday & Saturday 1 to 4 pm, other times by appointment
- Season of Operation: Year round