Education, Newspaper Articles, North Carolina, Paternal Kin, Vocation

Bright lady teacher.

For the better part of a year, the doings of Jonah Williams‘ daughter Clarissa regularly made the society columns of the African-American Raleigh Gazette:


Raleigh Gazette, 30 January 1897.


Raleigh Gazette, 19 June 1897.


Raleigh Gazette, 26 June 1897.


Raleigh Gazette, 18 September 1897.

And then the paper folded.

More than 20 years passed before Clarissa next appeared in print. The “bright lady teacher” had fulfilled her promise and was elected principal of the Colored Graded School. Her tenure was not long, however. Clarissa Williams died of kidney disease on 26 October 1922, at the age of 51.


Wilson Daily Times, 24 September 1918.


Education, Newspaper Articles, Other Documents, Vocation

Where we worked: educators.

Henry W. McNeely, Mount Ulla NC — schoolteacher, circa 1870.

Joseph C. Carroll, Wayne County NC — second grade teacher, circa 1880.

John W. Aldridge, Wayne County NC — second grade teacher, circa 1880.

George W. Aldridge, Wayne County NC — first grade teacher, circa 1880.

Matthew W. Aldridge, Wayne County NC — second grade teacher, circa 1880.

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Henry E. Hagans, Goldsboro NC — principal, State Colored Normal School, circa 1892-1920.

     The State Colored Normal School opened in this city yesterday, of which Prof. H.E. Hagans, son of Napoleon Hagans, one of the most respected and prosperous colored men in the State, from the Fremont section, has recently been elected principal.  The ARGUS is glad to note his election.  He merited the preferment, and we wish the school all success under his administration.  [– Goldsboro Weekly Argus, Thursday, 15 Sep 1892]

Clarissa Williams, Wilson NC — teacher, Eureka; Wilson Colored Graded School, circa 1890-1922.

     2 Feb 1901.  Called meeting of the Board, all present. Secretary stated that he had received the resignation of Mrs. Hunt as teacher of 5th grade, Col. school. Resignation accepted to take effect at once. Motion made that Clarrissy Williams be elected to fill the unexpired term of Mrs. Hunt.  Carried. There being no further business Board adjourned, by order of Geo. Hackney, Chairman  E.P. Mangum, Rec. Sec’y

     27 May 1901. Miss Clarissa Williams re-elected a teacher.

     9 June 1902. Teachers elected for Colored School: J.D. Reid, principal; Miss Clarissa Williams; Mrs. Annie Vick; Miss Geneva Battle; Miss Sallie Dortch (Goldsboro, N.C.) [from Minutes of the Wilson Graded Schools, bound volume, Wilson County Public Library]

Tabitha Pace Brunson, Garland AR – teacher, circa 1920.

Louise Colvert Renwick, Statesville NC — teacher, 1920s.

Golar Colvert Bradshaw, Iredell County NC — teacher, 1920s-30s.

Lillie Colvert Stockton, Statesville NC — teacher, Iredell County Schools, 1920s.

Mamie Aldridge Abrams Rochelle, Goldsboro NC, Union SC — teacher, circa 1930-1960s.

Arnetta L. Randall, Washington DC — teacher, Knoxville TN, circa 1930; Washington DC, circa 1940.

Fannie Randall Dorsey, Washington DC — teacher, circa 1930.

Vivian Manley Smith, Wayne County NC — teacher, circa 1930.

Margaret Colvert Allen, Statesville NC — teacher, circa 1930.

Marion Allen Lomans, Newport News VA — teacher, John Marshall School, 1935-1942.

Daisy Aldridge Williams, Asheville NC — teacher, circa 1940.

Mable Williams McCaine, Asheville NC — teacher, circa 1940.

Price B. Brown, Salisbury NC — teacher, circa 1940.

Sallie Bullock Brown, Salisbury NC — wife of Price Brown, “library work at school,” circa 1940.

Oscar Randall, Chicago IL — mathematics teacher, DuSable High School, circa 1940.


The eighth in an occasional series exploring the ways in which my kinfolk made their livings in the 19th and early 20th centuries.