One Hundred and Forty Years Ago, James Edward Shepard was born on November 3, 1875 in Raleigh, North Carolina in the Oberlin Community to Rev. Augustus and Harriet E. Whitted Shepard. He was the eldest of 12 children born to this union and was recently recognized during the 68th Annual Founder’s Day Convocation on October 30, 2015. He is interred in Durham’s Beechwood Cemetery in the Shepard Plot on Fayetteville Street.
All alumni and students are encouraged to celebrate and reflect on the life of the founder of this great university who said “This is my monument. If I am not remembered for this, I will be remembered for nothing.”
To know more about Dr. Shepard follow this link to his papers: James E. Shepard Papers.