Lee Brings History to Life

Lee Brings History to Life

University of Mount Olive Board of Trustee member Jerilyn Lee brought history to life for audience members who attended a Black History month lecture in Rodger’s Chapel on February 24. In her speech, Lee shared the story of African American soldiers having to fight for “the right to fight.”

The lecture featured authentically dressed Civil War reenactors, moving photographs, and true stories, many of which were tailored specifically to Wayne County. Students were especially interested to learn that the land where the University of Mount Olive now sits was once a Civil War battleground and encampment. Lee noted that during recent campus additions, several Civil War artifacts were unearthed, and are now displayed at local museums.

“We are truly honored and grateful to have such a well-versed speaker,” said Dr. Alan Lamm Chair of the UMO Department of Religion and History.

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