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La Grange in Lenoir County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

James Y. Joyner

1862-1954

 
 
James Y. Joyner Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, April 18, 2013
1. James Y. Joyner Marker
Inscription.

Superintendent of Public
Instruction, 1902-1919.
Educator and agriculturist.
Home is 3 blks. N.W.

 
Erected 1970 by State Department of Archives and History. (Marker Number F-41.)
 
Location. 35° 18.293′ N, 77° 47.352′ W. Marker is in La Grange, North Carolina, in Lenoir County. Marker is on South Caswell Street (State Highway 903) near East Washington Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: La Grange NC 28551, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. William Dunn Moseley (approx. half a mile away); Dobbs County (approx. 3.6 miles away); Dobbs County Court House (approx. 3.6 miles away); a different marker also named Dobbs County Court House (approx. 4.5 miles away); The Battle of Whitehall (approx. 6.2 miles away); Engagement at Whitehall (approx. 6.2 miles away); a different marker also named Battle of Whitehall (approx. 6.3 miles away); Wheat Swamp Church (approx. 7.8 miles away).
 
Regarding James Y. Joyner.    During the late nineteenth century North Carolina’s educational system had problems dealing with
James Y. Joyner Marker seen looking north along NC 903 (South Caswell Street) image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, April 18, 2013
2. James Y. Joyner Marker seen looking north along NC 903 (South Caswell Street)



rural populations, transportation, funding, and teacher recruitment. Through the efforts of a group of leaders including Charles B. Aycock, Edwin A. Alderman, Charles D. McIver, and James Y. Joyner, the problems were addressed. Joyner was vitally important to the change of attitude and improved North Carolina’s schools systems first as an instructor and later as an administrator.
    James Yadkin Joyner was born during the Civil War and was orphaned at the age of two. He grew up in Lenoir County under the watchful eye of his grandfather, a prominent planter and influential Democrat. Joyner attended a local academy and later the University of North Carolina where he grew close to several up and coming North Carolina political leaders including future governor Aycock. After graduation in 1881, Joyner taught at schools across the state and, by 1889, he had joined Alderman and McIver in providing a traveling educational program for the state’s teachers. Over the next decade Joyner served a series of school systems and colleges as an educator and administrator, including serving as dean for the State Normal and Industrial College in Greensboro, the present University of North Carolina
at Greensboro.
   Governor Charles B. Aycock in 1902 appointed Joyner to the position of State Superintendent of Public Instruction, a position that Joyner would hold for the next seventeen years. As superintendent, Joyner sought to bolster teacher training by encouraging the development of normal schools, improving the curriculum of rural schools by adding specialized classes to improve agriculture and homemaking skills, and increasing the length of the school year from four to six months. Through his work, Joyner raised the profile of the superintendent’s job and increased awareness of the state’s educational needs. Joyner retired from educational pursuits in 1918 and became involved in private business, serving as president of the North Carolina Tobacco Growers Association. He died at the age of ninety-one and was buried beside his wife in Raleigh’s Oakwood Cemetery. (North Carolina Office of Archives & History — Department of Cultural Resources)
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 23, 2013, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 289 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 23, 2013, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.
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