Staff Person: Jonathan Dembo
This small pamphlet details the life and death of Mary Jordan White, a student, teacher, and principal at Belvidere Academy, in Belvidere, a small, predominantly Quaker, village in Perquimans County, North Carolina. Established in the 1680s, Belvidere was one of the oldest communities in North Carolina. Its Quaker population survived many difficulties associated with their unpopular religious principles of non-violence, opposition to slavery, and refusal to serve in the military even during wartime. While many members of the community emigrated, a hard core remained. Miss White dedicated her life to preserving both her community and her faith by teaching and by example and through her leadership of Belvidere Academy. Shown above are the first two pages of the pamphlet.
Source: Belvidere Academy Papers (Manuscript Collection #4.1.b) Gift of William E. “Mickey” Elmore, 6/14/1999.