Our School

Laurinburg Institute reflects a history of Excellence and Achievement. It is now the only Black institution of its kind in the United States. Started in 1904 by Emmanuel Monty and Tinny McDuffie, with only a small piece of swamp land and a dream of providing quality education and guidance for black children. That dream is being realized every day, but it has not been without a tremendous challenge.

The Laurinburg Institute is a private, non-sectarian preparatory school offering residential education in grades 9 through 12. Capacity enrollment is 135 boys and girls from all over the United States and many foreign countries.

The leadership of the School has remained in the McDuffie family through three generations. Frank H. McDuffie, Sr. son of Emmanuel and Tinny was President from 1953-1990 and was succeeded by his son Frank H. “Bishop” McDuffie. The family has truly dedicated their lives and committed themselves to the education and welfare of young men and women from all walks of life.

Interesting Facts

Laurinburg Normal & Industrial Institute is a non-profit 501(c) (3) tax
exempt organization.
State and Federal Recognition
NORTH CAROLINA GENERAL ASSEMBLY – May 9, 1975
 North Carolina General Assembly passed House Joint Resolution 866
and Resolution 55 honoring:• The life and memory of E. M. McDuffie, Sr., North Carolina
Educator, Humanitarian, and Founder of Laurinburg Institute by the
General Assembly of North Carolina
• The General Assembly recognizes and expresses its profound
appreciation for the public services rendered by E. M. McDuffie, Sr.,
which has contributed so vastly to Eastern North Carolina and to the
betterment of the State of North Carolina
NORTH CAROLINA GENERAL ASSEMBLY – July 28, 2005
 North Carolina General Assembly passed Senate Joint Resolution 1178
honoring:
• Frank and Sammie McDuffie, 2nd generation of the McDuffie family
to serve as administrators of the Institute; and
• Laurinburg Institute for its work in producing educators,
humanitarians, athletes, and civil rights and leaders.
UNITED STATE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES – October 21, 2009
H. Res. 660
 U.S. House Of Representatives passed House Resolution 660:
• Recognizes the distinguished history of the Laurinburg Normal
Industrial Institute;
• Acknowledges 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.