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“The Splendid Eliada Family Portrait” – by Clifford B. Davids

The group portrait below was one of the very first photographs I found in the Eliada archives, and it ignited the fire that fueled my need to tell their story. To this day I don’t fully understand why it had that effect on … Continue reading

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“A Full And True Eliada Orphan” – by Clifford B. Davids

Janie Carlysle Hargrave, widely known in Lumberton, N.C. as “the first lady of religious work,” sat down at her desk one evening in December of 1939, burdened by the series of tragic and unfortunate events that had over taken young … Continue reading

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“Brother Lost, Brother Found” – by Tracy Rose

(This cover story appeared in the Mountain Xpress, Vol. 8, No. 15: Nov. 14 to Nov. 20, 2001.) The last time Carmable Revels saw her little brother, he was a red-haired, freckle-faced 6-year old. That was not long after their … Continue reading

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“From the Bricks of Ben Lippen to the Friday Night Drums” – The Evolution of Pritchard Park in Asheville, North Carolina – by Clifford B. Davids

On any given Friday night in downtown Asheville, N.C. you can hear the rolling sounds of congas, tom toms, and bongos echoing through the streets. Long-time residents or frequent visitors to the city know the sound to be the Friday … Continue reading

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“A Strange and Subversive Time” – Eliada Orphanage during World War II – by Clifford Davids

I was lucky enough to get a private glimpse into the heart and mind of Lucius Bunyan Compton, the founder of Eliada Orphanage – but only with a little help from one of his orphanage daughters. She had been among … Continue reading

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“Concerning The Fiery Trial” – The State of North Carolina vs. Lucius Bunyan Compton

(This posting was edited from a series of four articles which appeared in The Asheville Times from Oct. 20-23, 1943.) Asheville, N.C.—A Buncombe County jury on Thursday afternoon cleared the Reverend Lucius Bunyan Compton, former head of Eliada Orphanage, of … Continue reading

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“Things as They Were at Eliada Orphanage” – as written by Reverend Lucius Bunyan Compton

“My mind is directed today to look back upon the earlier days of my life. I was born in Haywood County, North Carolina, on April 21, 1875, in a one room log cabin, with a clap-board roof and a slab … Continue reading

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