North Carolina Quakers
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Meeting in 1763. The Friends still gather by the spring and wait for the light to descend upon them 250 years later. Spring Meeting nursed the injured and dying in the American Revolution, said goodbye to members migrating to farmlands in the Northwest, stood against slavery in the antebellum years, helped reconstruct the South in the late 1800s, and held their pacifist beliefs throughout the 20th century.
A record-setting World Series pitcher, leading educators, missionaries, and major figures in North Carolina Quaker leadership fill its rolls.
Persevering through the ebb and flow of revivals and apathy, Spring Meeting has left its mark in history. Today the spring flows, the front door remains unlocked, and members still gather on First Sundays.
J. Timothy Allen is an author, writer, and award-winning professor of history, religion, and humanities. Working with Spring Friends Meeting members, Guilford College Library, and local historians, he has collected images, maps, and old Spring minutes and letters to tell the story of this long-standing Quaker meeting.
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