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Michele Valerie Ronnick

professor of ancient Greek, philologist, ordained Methodist minister in the Colored Methodist Episcopal (CME) Church, and missionary to the Congo, was born in Hephzibah, Georgia, not far from Augusta, to Gabriel and Sarah Gilbert. His parents were field hands, and scholars are not certain whether John was born free or enslaved. Some sources give his birth date as 6 July 1864. As a child he was eager to learn, but he had to mix long hours of farm work with brief periods of school. At last overwhelmed by poverty he was forced to withdraw from the Baptist Seminary in Augusta. After a three-year hiatus from schooling he resumed his work when Dr. George Williams Walker, a Methodist pastor who had come to Augusta to teach in 1884, and Warren A. Candler pastor of Augusta s St John Church offered him assistance With the help ...


Pedro de Weever

was born on 21 November 1955 in Bartow, Florida. Raised in the central Florida area, he was the son of Jay B. Haviser Sr., an attorney, and Carolyn H. Haviser, an artist. He has a younger brother, Michael Haviser.

Haviser’s earliest moments of scientific and archaeological discovery made an impression on him that would last a lifetime. At the age of 13, he entered into a science fair in his hometown. While the contractors at a nearby construction site were excavating, moving dirt and debris from one location to the next, Jay noticed certain artifacts. He first notified the State Archaeologist at the Florida Bureau in Tallahassee. After inspecting the site, the office allowed Jay to take samples of the prehistoric artifacts, where the soil layers were evident.

Following this experience Haviser saw how scientific methods are essential in archaeology a premise that intrigued him Thanks to his efforts in ...


Jeremy Rich

physical anthropologist and archaeologist who discovered evidence of early human life in the Rift Valley of East Africa, was born Mary Douglas Nicol on 6 February 1913 in London, England. Her father was the painter Erskine Edward Nicol and her mother was Cecilia Marion (née Frere) Nicol. During Mary’s childhood, her family moved around a great deal. Erskine Nicol painted various portraits and subjects in England, France, Italy, Egypt, and elsewhere. Mary’s prolonged sojourns in southern France provided her with the chance to develop a fluent command of French. While she enjoyed greatly her talks and walks with her father, she found her mother’s Catholic faith stultifying even as she developed some friendships with individual priests. Her childhood came to a sudden end in the spring of 1926 when her father passed away from cancer Mary s mother decided to place her daughter in a Catholic convent but ...