Wake Forest Historical Museum recognized for efforts to protect cemetery

“Old Cemetery” of Friendship Chapel Missionary Baptist Church

The North Carolina Museums Council has presented an Award of Excellence to the Wake Forest Historical Museum for a 2017 survey of a historic cemetery in the Town of Wake Forest associated with a church formed by former slaves soon after the Civil War.

The survey was conducted with many purposes, including protection of the cemetery and education of the community about its importance in the history of the area.  The cemetery is known as the “Old Cemetery” of Friendship Chapel Missionary Baptist Church.  It was the congregation’s first cemetery and was used for about 70 years starting in the 19th Century and continuing into the 20th Century.

Funded by the Jandy Ammons Foundation, the survey was administered by the Wake Forest Historical Association, which had proposed the project to the foundation.  The historical association is an offshoot of the Wake Forest College Birthplace Society, the non-profit organization responsible for the museum.

The survey was conducted by New South Associates, which specializes in such work. Employing ground penetrating radar, a non-invasive technology, New South located and documented nearly 600 burials and one mass grave.  Many of the burials were no longer marked in the cemetery.  A substantial number of the burials had been marked originally with rocks or wood from nearby fields.

The Award of Excellence is intended to honor exhibits, publications and programs that exemplify excellence in the museum field. It was presented to the museum on March 18 in Greensboro at an annual conference of the North Carolina Museums Council.

The survey project has won other awards, previously, including the 2017 Anthemion Award from Capital Area Preservation, a non-profit organization dedicated to historic preservation.  Recently, the Town of Wake Forest designated the “Old Cemetery” a local historic site.

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TechXploration held today in Benson University Center

This is a guest post from Information Systems and the organizers of TechXploration 2018:

Please join us March 21 between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. in Benson University Center, Room 401, to learn how your colleagues are using technology across campus. Presentations will be in poster session format, so join us for any portion of the event.

Faculty and staff are encouraged to come by TechXploration to view and experience the look and feel of the different computing options for 2018!

Register to win a GoPro Hero6. Refreshments provided.

Additionally, join us at 2 p.m. in Benson University Center, Room 410, as we welcome guests from the Learning Technology Consortium, a national collaborative with common interests and challenges in learning and teaching with technology. There will be a panel and open discussion on “Learning Space Design: From Process to Pedagogy”. Leading experts from across the country will be looking at how their institutions are assessing room selection, learning outcomes, and everything in between.

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Comings and goings for February 2018

See a list of employees joining and leaving the University in February 2018:

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Open house on Business 40 alternatives to be held on campus

The University’s Transportation and Parking Services is joining with PART to hold an open house on campus about Business 40 alternatives during work on the highway.  Information about the program is available on the Transportation and Parking Services website.

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Fit for Business 5K event set for April 14; registration open

This is a guest post of the School of Business:

The Wake Forest University School of Business will hold the 3rd annual Fit for Business 5K on April 14.  The run/walk, planned by School of Business students, will be held on campus; the course begins and ends at Farrell Hall.  This year’s race proceeds will benefit H.O.P.E. of Winston-Salem’s mission to bring nutritious weekend meals to Forsyth County’s children who are at risk for hunger.

Winston-Salem is one of the top cities in the country that has families with hungry children aged 0-4.  H.O.P.E. Winston-Salem assists these families by organizing volunteers to prepare healthy meals on Saturdays and then deliver them on Sundays.  So far, H.O.P.E. has been able to provide over 178,000 meals to hungry children and over 287,000 pounds of produce to their families.

Planning team member Meredith Gay (B.S. Accountancy ’17, MS Accountancy ’18) says of this year’s race, “I wanted to be a part of the Fit for Business 5K because I participated as a runner last year and it was a well-run event, with collaboration between staff and both undergraduate and graduate students. I am most excited about being able to partner with a local Winston-Salem organization and have a real impact like the event has been so fortunate to do in the past!”

This event is open to the public, anyone can participate!

Ready to run? Register here. Student tickets are $20 and all other tickets are $25 until April 1 when the price slightly increases. Just by signing up, you’ll receive a race packet, which includes a commemorative t-shirt, a chance to win giveaways, and the post-race celebration.  More importantly, by just signing up you are making a positive impact on those in our Winston Salem community!

There are also two ways to enter a prize raffle. You can either bring packaging materials such as lunch-sized brown paper bags, plastic wrap, plastic spoons, napkins, etc. for H.O.P.E. or by dressing up for the 5K in business attire or a fun costume.

If you’d like to make a difference without sweating, donations are also accepted. Contact Amanda Horton at for details.

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