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Lorena Kelly Oral History Interview, August 18, 1972

(Oral History #OH0005)

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Title: Lorena Kelly Oral History Interview
Creators: Kelly, Lorena, 1903-
Lennon, Donald R.
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Extent: 0.0050 Cubic feet, 1 audiocasette, 1 hour, 23 pages.

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General note

1936-1969

Access Restrictions

No restrictions

Copyright Notice

Repository does not own copyright to the oral history collection. Permission to cite, reproduce, or broadcast must be obtained from both the repository and the participants in the oral history, or their heirs.

Preferred Citation

Lorena Kelly Oral History Interview (#OH0005), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Gift of Lorena Kelly

Processing Information

  • Processed by C. Carter, February 1984

  • Encoded by Apex Data Services


Biographical / Historical Note Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Lorena Kelly was born on May 17, 1903, at Mt. Mourne in Iredell County, N.C. After obtaining her M.A. from Scarritt College, she received an appointment from the Western Carolina Conference of the Methodist Church as a teaching missionary to the Congo. She worked there from 1936 to 1969.

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Kelly recounts her experiences on the mission field working in the rural Congo. Particular note is made of impressions of African life, organization of missionary stations, development of schools, students' prospects for success, leadership positions being undertaken by women, the Congolese Rebellion of 1960-1963 and treatment of missionaries during the outbreak, current control of the mission organization by African people, and medical care in the area. Included are samples of the Otetela language. For related material see Collection #208.

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Online access to this finding aid is supported with funds created through the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). These funds come through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services which is administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. This grant is part of the North Carolina ECHO, Exploring Cultural Heritage Online, Digitization Grant Program.

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