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Saturday, May 07, 2016, 12:00 pm

Jerilyn James Lee
Duplin County Historical Society quarterly meeting
Black Soldiers in the Civil War
Location: Rose Hill Restaurant, Rose Hill, NC

    The guest speaker for the May 7, 2016 meeting will be Jerilyn Lee. She will speak on the Black soldiers who served in the Civil War.

    Did you know that approximately 198,000 Black soldiers served in the Civil War Union Army between 1862 and 1865?  And another 60,000 served in the Confederacy?  Five regiments based in North Carolina were made up of former slaves, runaway slaves, free men, doctors, ministers and tradesmen.  Come and hear their stories from local historian Jerilyn Lee.  She will also share over 100 pictures of Black soldiers, sailors and officers who served during the Civil War.

    Lee is an honor graduate of St. Thomas Apostle High School in Chicago, and a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Mount Olive College with a B.S. in Business Administration.  She holds certification in Industrial Safety from the NC Safety School, and also holds certification from the University of Maryland in Executive Management, where she taught summer session from 2003-2013.

    Jerilyn was employed with UniFirst Corporation (formerly Textilease) for 37 years.  She retired in 2012 as Regional Human Resources Manager for the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast Regions.  She returned to the workforce in April of 2014 as Branch Manager of the newly-renovated Steele Memorial Library in Mount Olive, N.C.  In October of 2014, she was asked to serve as Interim Human Resources Director for Wayne County, and she now holds that position permanently.

    Jerilyn previously served on the Board of Directors for the North Carolina Association of Textile Services, the North Carolina Statewide Safety Conference Council, the Eastern Carolina Safety Council, the Business Advisory Council for Wayne Community College, and she is a past President of the Wayne County Human Resources Association and the Mount Olive College Alumni Association.  Jerilyn currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the University of Mount Olive and the Executive Board of the Mount Olive Area Historical Society.

    She is a member of St. Mary of the Angels Catholic Church in Mount Olive. She is Chairman of the Finance Council and Chairman of the Church Cemetery Project.  She and her husband, Kenneth Lee, have three daughters, one grandson and one granddaughter.

Cost: $13 for Lunch (optional)
Open to the Public


The Duplin County Historical Society meets quarterly on the first Saturday of February, May, August and November. Unless otherwise notified, the meetings are held at the Rose Hill Restaurant in Rose Hill at 12 noon. Lunch is available at the current pricing rate.