University of Mount Olive to Hold Women’s History Month Event March 15

University of Mount Olive to Hold Women’s History Month Event March 15

MOUNT OLIVE- The University of Mount Olive (UMO) is hosting a Women’s History Month lecture entitled “Women’s Attitudes Towards Secession and the Civil War.” The event will take place on March 15, at 12:30 PM in Rodgers Chapel. Dr. Mary Wayne Watson will be the featured lecturer.

Watson received her Ph.D. from the University of Virginia and her MA and BA degrees from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Carrying the torch first lit by her parents’ generation, she has created presentations on the work of her great uncle and NC poet Laureate John Charles McNeill, as well as her cousin Gerald White Johnson, a noted historian and journalist.

This research motivated Watson to look further into the landscape and tradition that were common to both McNeill and Johnson. In so doing, she discovered a fascinating series of letters written during the Civil War by three sisters, one her great-grandmother, all living in Scotland County, to a family in Moore County. These letters form the basis of her latest talk “Women’s Attitudes Towards Secession and the Civil War.”

This project is made possible by funding from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. For more information about this event, please contact Joanne McKay at jmckay@umo.edu.

The University of Mount Olive is a private institution rooted in the liberal arts tradition with defining Christian values. The University, sponsored by the Convention of Original Free Will Baptists, has locations in Mount Olive, New Bern, Wilmington, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, Research Triangle Park, Washington, Jacksonville, and in Smithfield at Johnston Community College.  For more information, visit old.umo.edu.