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UNCW Honors the Legacy of Duplin County Native David Gillespie

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

University Advancement hosted a coffee to celebrate the legacy of David Gillespie with family and friends on May 16. UNCW alumnus William Moore '62 wrote a book "Quest for Freedom: The Scots-Irish Presbyterian Rebellions for Political and Religious Freedom," about Duplin County native Gillespie, who was a member of the first graduating class at the University of North Carolina. Moore, members of his family, library staff members and several history faculty members were in attendance.

Eddie Stuart, Vice Chancellor for University Advancement, gave welcoming remarks and acknowledged the Gillespie family's contribution to the history and heritage of North Carolina, in particular Southeastern NC. Bill Settlemeyer, Moore's cousin, presented Stuart with a copy of the text of the certificate of scholarship Gillespie received from UNC. The original is housed in the Library of Congress in Washington, DC.

Former White House attorney David Nolan co-authored "Quest for Freedom." Moore donated a copy of the book to Special Collections in the William Madison Randall Library at UNCW.