December 1865 was a bitter month in Raleigh, North Carolina. Sherman had rolled through with his Union army in March. Joe Johnston surrendered nearly 90,000 rebel soldiers to him in April, up the road at Durham Station.
And yet, in the embittered Raleigh in December 1865, Henry Martin Tupper founded Shaw University, the first college for black students in the South. Shaw Rising is the story of the history and impact of Shaw on the course of education and racial justice in United States.
Under the leadership of Dr. Tupper, Shaw grew to embrace co-education and founded schools in medicine, pharmacology, law and divinity.