Cornelius Harnett Display Goes to School

Above is 4′ x 4′ version of the Cornelius Harnett Memorial display at the Harnett County Courthouse furnished to Mrs. Vicki Kendrick, Middle School Director for Harnett County Schools by Sam Hummel, one of the sponsors of this site. Sam did this to promote a knowledge of Cornelius Harnett.

After receiving this gift, Mrs. Kendrick immediately invited  sixteen Harnett County history teachers to a staff development session in September 2012 to develop course materials integrating the teaching about Cornelius Harnett to eighth grade students.  This unit of study covered a two week period of time about the American Revolution.  Thirteen middle school teachers were able to attend this staff development session.

In response, Sam furnished another four copies of the display so that each of the five middle schools in the county would have one for a permanent display.

At the staff development session sponsors Glenn Hood and Sam Hummel joined Mrs. Kendrick in making introductory presentations to the middle school teachers present. Glenn, a former high school history teacher, stayed for the all day session during which the teachers developed a unit of study in keeping with North Carolina Social Studies Curriculum for the American Revolutionary period.

Mrs. Kendrick and her staff expressed their appreciation for the 4′ x 4′ displays presented by Sam.  They expressed appreciation for the web site http://www.corneliusharnett.com. They expressed appreciation to Glenn for  the dropbox of materials that Mr. Hood presented online for use by the teachers who appeared for the staff development session.

The following is a typical expression of appreciation by the teachers.  Elliott Crews, one of the teachers at Harnett Central Middle, indicated that students were very receptive. He said, “We created a running list of why Cornelius Harnett was important and why our county was named after him.”   Referring to the website and dropbox articles, he said: “We used the articles, read over several days, and compiled the lists as we went along.”  Mr. Crews provided the sponsors with a list prepared by one of his classes. It listed 17 very significant items, indicating a very high level of comprehension by the students.

Vicki Kendrick

The outstanding response by the teachers of the training session conducted by Mrs. Kendrick is a tribute to her leadership. Her effort included the original training session and a special follow-up staff development session for three teachers from Western Harnett Middle who were unable to attend the first session. This training assisted the teachers to introduce 1,553 8th grade students in Harnett County to Cornelius Harnett during 2012.  This is remarkable because Cornelius Harnett had almost become a forgotten man, even in the county named for him.   Current plans are to continue this special unit of study in the 8th grade history curriculum.

For the presentation to students during 2012, the 4′ x 4′ Cornelius Harnett memorials were brought to the classrooms for viewing by the students. Mrs. Kendrick reports that plans are underway in each of the five schools to mount the displays permanently where they can be seen daily in future years by students, faculty and visitors throughout the entire school year. Some will be in school libraries and some in hallways adjoining classrooms for the 8th grade students. Sam Hummel has expressed his deep appreciation for the use and proposed continued use of the five 4′ x 4′ displays and the Dunlap broadside that he provided.

The unit of study prepared by the teachers at the staff development session mentioned above is impressive. It is five pages long and is entitled “The Pride of the Cape Fear, a Hero or Traitor?”

The sixteen 8th grade teachers integrated Cornelius Harnett into the American Revolution portion of the history curriculum.  Their names are Elliott Crews, Jeremy Glasson, Kim Godwin and Stephanie Greer of Harnett Central Middle; John Cameron, Heather Harrison and Dana Sherman of Western Harnett Middle; Brian C. Foster, Brittany Higgins and Fonnie Godwin of Dunn Middle School; Denise Thurman, Peta J. Boivans, Takiefa Randall and Wendy White of Overhills Middle; and Joseph W. Powell, Jr. of Coats-Erwin Middle.

For anyone wanting to see the 4′ x 4′ display, a copy has been placed in the lobby of the “Commons,” a large assembly area located near the courthouse in Lillington, between the county Health Department Building and the Department of Social Services Building. It was placed there shortly before the annual Cornelius Harnett Gala fundraiser in April 2012 by Chris Johnson, County Maintenance Director and Scott Guy, County Maintenance Technician

To read an enlarged version of the six narratives shown above in the 4′ x 4′ display, go to Cornelius Harnett Memorial Display in the website for the large 8′ x 8′ version posted on the second floor of the courthouse in Lillington.  Also, the original of the 8′ x 8′ version is available for viewing in the entrance hall to courtrooms on the second floor of the Harnett County Courthouse.  Each of the narratives developed by the sponsors of this web site was put in final form by Glenn Hood .

This 4′ x 4′ display, like the larger version, was created by Rich and Jay Calabrese of Innovative Sign Systems of Raleigh .

For information on how to obtain a copy of this 4′ x 4′ board for display in schools and other governmental buildings, contact  one of the sponsors of this web site: Either Sam Hummel [skipperhummel@gmail.com], Glenn Hood [mghood@embarqmail.com] or Ed McCormick [mccormicked@embarqmail.com].

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