The Women Who Ran the Schools exhibit grew out of Joanne Abel’s master’s thesis, Persistence and Sacrifice: Durham County's African American Community and Durham's Jeanes Teachers Build Community and Schools, 1900-1930. Joanne’s persistence in digging through libraries and archives throughout North Carolina and the Southeast resulted in a deep, rich store of information. After perusing Joanne’s thesis and hearing her present her findings in a North-Carolina-Collection-sponsored program, Lynn Richardson, Durham County Library’s North Carolina librarian, and Jill Wagy, library web master, felt that NC Collection users and many others would be delighted to have the opportunity to learn more.
The exhibit could not have been completed without the hard work of North Carolina Collection intern Katie-Rose Repp. Katie-Rose worked diligently to compile all of the information for the exhibit and assisted with the coding of the site.
Please feel free to contact us with any information you might have related to Durham’s Jeanes teachers and Rosenwald schools. We would love to hear from you.
Joanne Abel, adult programming and humanities librarian, earned her bachelor of science degree in education from Georgia Southern College, her master of library science from North Carolina Central University, and her master of arts in liberal studies from Duke University.
Katie-Rose Repp, North Carolina Collection intern, earned her bachelor of arts degree in history from Pennsylvania State University and her master of science in library and information science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Lynn Richardson, North Carolina Collection librarian since 2001, earned her bachelor of arts degree in English education and her master of library science degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Hitoko Ueyama-Burke, graphic designer since 2008, earned her bachelor of arts degree in graphic design from the School of Visual Arts, New York.
Jill Wagy, library webmaster since 2007, earned her bachelor of science degree in information studies from Florida State University and her master of library science and master of information science from North Carolina Central University.