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E.M. and Tinny McDuffie

Laurinburg Institute was started by E.M. and Tinny McDuffie the fall of 1904.

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Laurinburg Institute

125 McGirts Bridge Road 

Laurinburg, North Carolina 



Laurinburg Institute is a historic African American preparatory school  in Laurinburg, North Carolina. The school was founded in 1904 by Emmanuel  Monty and Tinny McDuffie at the request of Booker T. Washington. Emmanuel  McDuffie was a graduate from Snow Hill Normal and Industrial Institute.[1] 

The school is noted for its output of highly accomplished alumni, including a rich  basketball tradition, having produced several All-Americans, collegiate players,  international players, and NBA players. 


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Laurinburg Institute

Notable alumni 

  • Antonio Anderson, NBA player[2]
  • Renaldo Balkman, NBA player
  • Spider Bennett, ABA player
  • Joe Budden, broadcaster, songwriter, and former rapper
  • Wes Covington, MLB player
  • Charlie Davis, NBA player[3]
  • Joey Dorsey, NBA player
  • Robert Dozier, PBA player
  • Arvydas Eitutavičius, Lithuanian professional basketball player Mike Evans, NBA player and coach
  • Dizzy Gillespie, musician[4]
  • Chris Johnson, NBA player
  • Sam Jones, member of the Basketball Hall of Fame, 10x NBA champion and 5x NBA All-Star
  • Earl “The Goat” Manigault, street basketball player
  • Grachan Moncur III, jazz trombonist
  • Billy Reid, NBA Player
  • Quantez Robertson, BBL player
  • Magnum Rolle, Bahamian professional basketball player
  • Charlie Scott, member of the Basketball Hall of Fame, 3x NBA All-Star and NBA champion in 1976
  • Jimmy Walker, NBA player
  • Chris Washburn, NBA player
  • Dexter Westbrook, ABA player
  • Shawne Williams, NBA player


  1. Twenty-Five Years in the Black Belt by William James Edwards 2. Antonio Anderson Stats. Basketball-Reference. Retrieved September 14, 2019.
  2. Charlie Davis Stats. Basketball-Reference. Retrieved September 14, 2019. 4. Brown, Claude (1980-02-03). “In Love With the Trumpet; Dizzy Author’s Query”. New York Times. p. BR4. At 16, the future father of bebop entered Laurinburg Institute… In 1935 he left Laurinburg Institute and joined his  family at their new home…

The Laurinburg Institute-Snow Hill Institute Connection

The Laurinburg Institute-Snow Hill Institute connection dates to April 29, 1902, when W.P. Evans, a well-to-do Black businessman, wrote Booker T. Washington, requesting an able person to assist in the education of Laurinburg’s considerable Afro-American population. When no help came from those quarters, Snow Hill Institute provided Emmanuel and Tinny McDuffie, recent graduates and newly married, to start a school similar to Snow Hill in North Carolina in 1904. Laurinburg’s charter states:         “Students are taught self-reliance, race pride, independent manhood, and womanhood. They are encouraged to remain at their homes in the South, to buy land, to assist their fathers and mothers, and to educate their fellows.”

Earlier, Snow Hill Institute had, for all practical purposes, beginning with a meeting of Willie J. Edwards and his supporters in the summer of 1890 in Snow Hill, Alabama even though it was not incorporated by the state until 1894. The first schoolhouse was an abandoned crib in the quarters, a run-down, one-room log cabin 18 feet wide and 24 feet long.  It had a dirt floor and a leaky wood shingle roof.  There were only three students. 

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