Newman, Isaiah DeQuincey (1911-1985)
Papers, 1929-2003, 2.5 ft.
I. DeQuincey Newman was a Methodist pastor, civil rights activist, and entrepreneur. A leading figure in the Civil Rights movement in South Carolina, he helped organize the Orangeburg branch of the NAACP in 1943, helped found the Progressive Democratic Party, and served the South Carolina NAACP as state field director from 1960 to 1969. From 1972 to 1974, he served as executive assistant to the Director of the S.C. Department of Social Services. From 1974 to 1981, he was Director of the Governor's Rural Regional Coordination Demonstration Project. In 1983, at age 72, he was elected to the South Carolina Senate, thus becoming the first African American to serve in that body since Reconstruction. Due to ill health, he resigned from the Senate in July of 1985.
Collection Finding Aid (pdf, 7 pages)
The Newman papers consist of two-and-a-half feet of correspondence, speeches, sermons, photographs and other records. Topical files include material on Newman's work with the NAACP, with the Methodist Church, and in rural development. The collection has been digitized in its entirety and may be viewed online at the above link.