Julia Cherry Spruill was born and raised in Rocky Mount. After graduating from the local high school, she attended the North Carolina College for Women in Greensboro. She returned to Rocky Mount to teach at her alma mater Rocky Mount High School. Upon her marriage to Corydon Spruill, Julia moved to Chapel Hill where she worked as a teacher, then became active in historical research. In 1938 she published Women’s Life and Work in the Southern Colonies which is still used in college classes today as a significant work on Southern Women’s history. Spruill died in 1986.
Inducted into Hall of Fame 2011