Thursday, October 6, 2011

A North Carolina Family with an Impressive Record of Support for Education

"Mendenhalls led the area in education," written by Carol Brooks for the October 5, 2011 Jamestown News, provides brief historical sketches of a dozen members of one family who were associated with a number of educational instutions in north central North Carolina.

A marker for one of the institutions, Jamestown Female College, is located on the campus of High Point University.  Jamestown Female College opened in 1859 and the four story brick building it occupied then burned in 1861.  The college was associated with the Methodist Protestant Church and could not recover from the fire to open again.

Several family members were actively involved with New Garden Boarding School that later grew to become Guilford College and the State Normal and Industrial School in Greensboro.  This latter institution later became the State Normal and Industrial College in 1897, North Carolia College for Women in 1919, Women's College of the University of North Carolina in 1932, and since 1963, the University of North Carolina Greensboro.