Artelia: Portrait of an
African American Matriarch
The life story of ARTELIA BELLE MARSH PERRY (1922-2021) is narrated in her biography.
Artelia: Portrait of an African American Matriarch is the story of the life of an African-American woman who began life as a nervous and lonely child in North Carolina, feeling ostracized by her extended family. Her father sent her to an excellent preparatory school and then to college.
She married early and had 16 children. The story chronicles Artelia's life as she faced the challenges of loneliness, family deaths, illnesses, marriage and mother of 16, finally to complete college at the age of 51 and become a confident educator and a leader in her church and community.
Author: Dr. Joyce Marsh Perry-Edwards
Proceeds from book sales go towards the:
Lawrence & Artelia Perry Scholarship Fund
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