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Durham to celebrate historian Jean Bradley Anderson’s 100th birthday

The Durham County Library will host a panel discussion to commemorate the 100th birthday of local historian Jean Bradley Anderson on Saturday, June 8. 

The event, titled “Why Local History Matters,” will feature a number of local history experts, including former curator of UNC Chapel Hill’s North Carolina Collection Bob Anthony, Historic Stagville site manager Vera Cecelski, former public school teacher and Durham City Council member Eddie Davis, jazz vocalist and Self-Help Senior Fellow Lois Deloatch, director of the City of Raleigh Museum Ernest Dollar, Durham History Advisory Committee member John Schelp, local journalist and historian Jim Wise and Durham County Library’s Head of the North Carolina Collection Lauren Panny.

The discussion will be moderated by Judge Willis Whichard, local politician and founding president of the Durham Library Foundation, and will include a question-and-answer session with Anderson and the panelists.

Anderson is the author of the widely read and critically acclaimed book “Durham County: A History of Durham County, North Carolina,” which was published in 1990 and updated in 2011.

“Durham’s local history is a microcosm of our broader national history,” said Tammy Baggett, director of Durham County Library. “Our celebration of Jean Bradley Anderson not only honors an incredible individual, but also recognizes the importance of our local histories.”

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