- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 12, 2016

NEW BERN, N.C. (AP) - In a story Jan. 10 about a banquet to remember George Henry White, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Duke University is planning the event. The banquet will be on the Duke campus, but the university is not involved in planning or sponsoring it.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Banquet to honor NC black congressman George White

Event will honor George Henry White, the last black US representative at turn of 20th century

NEW BERN, N.C. (AP) - A banquet is being planned for later this month to remember George Henry White, the last black representative in Congress at the turn of the 20th century.



The Sun-Journal of New Bern reports (https://bit.ly/1VWHBQn) the banquet will be held Jan. 29, marking the 115th anniversary of White’s farewell address to Congress. In that speech, he said blacks were bidding a “temporary farewell to the American Congress” but that they would “rise up some day and come again.”

White served two terms, leaving Congress in 1901. It took 28 years for another black representative to follow him.

U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield will be the keynote speaker at the banquet, which is being held on the campus of Duke University and is being hosted by the Benjamin and Edith Spaulding Descendants Foundation. Butterfield is a former justice of the N.C. Supreme Court and chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus.

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