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Carolina Story: Virtual Museum of University History

November Caldwell (1791-1872)

November Caldwell was the slave of Joseph Caldwell, the university's first president, and served as his coachman. November Caldwell's wife, Rosa Burgess, belonged to another university president and former North Carolina governor, David Lowry Swain. Highly respected by students, November Caldwell was widely known as "Doctor." During a period of Ku Klux Klan activity in 1869, hooded night riders stoned his house.

 

Learn more about the Caldwell family in a Southern Oral History Program interview with Edwin Caldwell.