Often I find inspiration from those who lived in the past – some who only recently have received appropriate recognition. One such person is Vina Curry, “free Black abolitionist, who risked her life as an operative on the Underground Railroad by providing her late husband’s ‘free papers’ to at least fifteen men escaping slavery. As a widowed mother, Curry lived and worked as the washerwoman at New Garden Boarding School beginning in the late 1830s. Her heroism aided Quaker abolitionists and exemplifies essential roles African Americans played in the Underground Railroad and the early life of Guilford College.” (Quote from the brand new historical marker near the front entrance to Guilford College, near the Levi Coffin marker. It was dedicated on March 25, 2022.)
– KHS ([email protected])