State Teachers College News Letter
Volume, IT j ^ Elizabeth Cit>’, N. C., February, 1958 Number 3
COLLEGE TO HONOR FOUNDER
NORTH CAROLINA MUTUAL PRESIDENT WILLIAM KENNEDY
IS MAIN SPEAKER
DR. PETER WEDDICK MOORE
Annual High School
Day Held At State
Over 800 High School
Seniors Visit College
On Thursday, January 16, approx
imately eight-hundred high school
seniors were welcomed to the college.
A hearty greeting was extended by
President S. D. Williams during the
Assembly at 10 A.M. and selections
were rendered by the College Choir.
George Kitchen, Vice-President of
the Freshman Class delivered a mes
sage entitled, “What College Has to
Offer”. He emphasized the importance
of wanting to seek a college education
and the opportunities opened for col
lege graduates. He continued by say
ing in this day a college education is
stressed, and without it one will cer
tainly be handicapped, for it equips
one with the tools of language and of
thought. Thus it improves conditions
both intellectually and socially.
Afterward, congregational singing
under the direction of Miss E. A.
Johnson was enjoyed by all.
The seniors then toured the campus,
assisted by various guides. Some of
tlie places visited were; Administration
Building, Library, Infirmary, Canteen,
Laundry, and the Men and Women’s
At the end of the tour visiting sen
iors were directed to the college Din
ing Hall where they were served a
very appetizing lunch.
This was followed by a short Band
Concert in the Gymnasium where tlie
guests remained to see the basketball
game between the S.T.C. Pirates and
St Paul Tigers.
delta chi to observe
The annual Founders Day service
for Delta Chi Chapter of Delta Sigma
Theta Sorority, Inc. will be held in
Moore Hall on Sunday, February 16
at 3 P.M. with Mrs. Elizabeth M.
Hines of Newport News, Virginia, as
^Irs. Hines i s Critic-Teacher o f
English and French at the George P.
Phoenix School, Hampton, Virginia,
a position which she has held for six
teen years. She has been assistant
principal of the school for three years.
In 1956 she went on a tour of Europe
with a Study Group sponsored by the
^ irginia Teachers Association.
Dr. Peter W. Moore, the founder
of our dear “Ole Alma Mater” was
born near Faison’s Depot in Duplin
County, June 24, 1858. He was the
eldest of five children born to Wed-
dick and Alecy Moore, who were
Few records exist regarding Dr,
Moore’s youth, but the first school he
attended was probably estabhshed by
the Freedman’s Bureau. When he was
in his middle teens he attended a
school taught by Burke Marable, who
was probably the second strongest
factor in shaping his hfe.
After finishing public school, he
obtained a certificate to teach in a
one-teacher school in a district known
as Holly Grove.
It was not until the fall of 1880,
that Dr. Moore was enrolled at Shaw
University Here he received his AB
degree after twenty years of struggle.
He was a brilliant student, and science
and mathematics are said to have
been his favorite studies. Later, the
University conferred upon him the
M. A. and L. L. D. degrees in recog
nition of his contributions to educa
tion. He accredits his success to three
influential persons: his mother, who
gave him the incentive to be some
body; Burke Marable, who opened
die world of books to him, and his
educational father, Dr. Henry Martin
Tupper, who inspired him to be a
During some of his vacation terms
at Shaw, Dr. Moore taught at Clinton,
and after graduation he taught in tlie
schools of Bertie Coimty. From tliere
he went as assistant to the principal
of the State Normal School in Ply
mouth, N. C. where he remained four
In 1891 the General Assembly
established the Elizabeth City State
Normal School, and Dr, Moore was
recommended and appointed by the
State Board of Education to take
charge of the opening of the school.
He came to Elizabeth City and took
up the task of establishing the school
for which the General Assembly had
appropriated nine hundred dollars.
And here in the proud Albemarle
section he began his life’s chief labor.
The school was located in two
other sites before its present one. Dr.
Moore went before the Assembly an
nually, making a report of the pro
gress of the school and disclosing its
needs. It was through him that an
industrial department was installed
along with the professional program.
There was much strenuous work
ahead, but Dr. Moore continued until
he secured living quarters for his
students. Along with his expanded
program, he placed more emphasis on
(See MOORE, page 5)
Founder’s Day will be held at the
Elizabeth City State Teachers College
on Sunday, February 23, with the
president of the Nortli Carolina Mut
ual Insurance Life Company, Mr.
William J. Kennedy, as the principal
Mr. Kennedy who succeeded Mr,
C. C. Spaulding in 1952, began his
career with the N. C. Mutual in Sep
tember, 1916, when he was appointed
manager of the Savannah, Georgia
District. The company has grown tre
mendously under his leadership.
Other important offices are now
being held by Mr. Kennedy. He is
president of the Bankers Fire Insur
ance Company and the John Avery
Boys’ Club; director of Mechanics and
Farmers Bank; vice-president of the
Mutual Loan Association. In addition
his affiliations include membership on
Local Draft Board and the N. C.
Board of Higher Education. He is a
member ot the Omega Psi Phi Fraten-
ity. For thirty-seven years he has been
teacher of the Men’s Bible Class of
the White Rock Baptist Church, Dur
Representing the Alumni wall be
Mr. M. L. Wilson, Principal, Richard
B. Harrison High School, Selma, North
Carolina, and also member of the
Board of Trustees of the College. Mr.
Odell Harris, president of the Student
Body, will speak. Music will b e
rendered by the College Choir under
the direction of Miss Evelyn A. John
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