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review: Martha Berry: A Woman of Courageous Spirit and Bold Dreams

Martha Berry: A Woman of Courageous Spirit and Bold Dreams by Joyce Blackburn This young adult biography was first published in 1968 and reissued in 1986 with photos and an author’s postscript. Martha Berry was the founder of The Berry Schools (later called Berry College) in Rome, Georgia. She had an early interest in the “mountain people” at the foot of the Appalachian mountains in Northwest Georgia. She noticed they lacked any sort of schooling and she meant to change that. With the land that her father had passed on, she built first a boy’s school and later a girl’s school with the motto, “Not to be ministered unto, but to minister.” The students would work and learn at the same time. Though the school…

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