Sue Henry papers
Scope and Contents
The Sue Henry Papers consist of materials created and collected by Sue Henry as proprietor of the Rising Moon Books & Beyond bookstore, Charlotte mayoral candidate, and member of a range of social and political organizations. Though particularly focused on gay and lesbian issues, the collection documents Henry's broad-based activism throughout the 1990s and includes numerous newsletters produced by Charlotte-area activist organizations. Additional materials include childhood school records, printed ephemera, clippings, newsletters, publications, and memorabilia.
- Creation: 1992 - 2002
- Henry, Sue L. (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
The Sue Henry Papers are the physical property of J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections. Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.
Sue Henry is a prominent gay rights activist in Charlotte, NC. She was owner of Rising Moon Books & Beyond bookstore, the first out lesbian to run for Mayor of Charlotte, and an active member of several political and social LGBTQ organizations.
Sue Henry was born (1952) and grew up in Maryland before attending Towson State University. With support of life partner Barbara Parke, she opened the first gay and lesbian bookstore in Charlotte - Rising Moon Books & Beyond, which was open from 1991-1997. She used the feminist model of community shared space as a model for Rising Moon, which provided space for events, meetings, and organizing as well as offering emotional support for community members. There were three Rising Moon Books & Beyond locations, two in Charlotte, (the first on East Blvd in Dilworth and the second in North Charlotte --NoDa-- where the store shared space with St. Ruby's Java Joint), and one in Wilmington, North Carolina.
Sue was a community organizer and a member of numerous political and social LGBTQ organizations, including OutCharlotte (an artistic and cultural festival that began in the early 1990s). In 1995, Sue Henry became the first out lesbian to run for Mayor of Charlotte as a write-in candidate. In 1996, Sue, along with the larger LGBTQ+ community assisted with Harvey Gantt's 1996 campaign against Jesse Helms for U.S. Senate. . In April 1997, after a run of Angels in America sparked protests against its gay content, Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners eliminated local arts funding.
4 Linear Feet (8 boxes and oversize materials )
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Sue Henry is a prominent gay rights activist in Charlotte, NC. She was owner of Rising Moon Books & Beyond bookstore, the first out lesbian to run for Mayor of Charlotte, and an active member of several political and social LGBTQ organizations. The collection primarily documents in her participation in the Charlotte LGBTQ+ community in the 1990s, but also includes materials from her childhood and later life.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of Sue Henry, 2014-2022.
Forms part of the King-Henry-Brockington LGBTQ+ Archive.
Genre / Form
- Sue Henry Papers
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Part of the Manuscript Collections, J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives, UNC Charlotte Repository
Atkins Library, UNC Charlotte
9201 University City Blvd
Charlotte NC 28223 United States