A Real Harnett County Hero

Maggie Naomi Douglas was born in Lillington, NC. She grew up in Kipling and lived in Harnett County her entire life.

She was a school teacher for 43 years and taught every subject from first through eighth grades. In June 1980, Mrs. Douglas retired from her teaching career, but she remained active in her church ministry and community.

In 1955, Mrs. Douglas and her husband Euliss, started the Seminole Home in Broadway. It was the first home of its kind in the state of North Carolina. The building was the old Rosenwald Seminole School before it was converted into the Children’s Boarding Home. 

The Seminole Home was opened to provide "strong parental guidance" for Black children who had problems that weren't being addressed by the system. The Douglas' took care of 27 children in their home without pay for their services. They did accept donations, pots, pans, and clothes from community members. Mrs. Douglas spent her life cultivating souls through teaching and prayers.

 Mrs. Douglas shared a list of Ten Commandments for Parents of the children in her care.

  • Thou shalt strive to be a signpost on the highway of life rather than a rut out of which the wheel cannot turn.
  • Thou shalt teach thy child to stand on his own feet and fight his own battles.
  • Thou shalt love thy child with all thy heart, with all thy soul, with all thy strength, but wisely, with all thy mind.
  • Thou shalt think of thou child not as something belonging to thee, but as a person.
  • Thou shalt regard his respect and love not as something to be demanded, but something worth earning.
  • Every time thou art impatient with thy child’s immaturity and blundering, thou shalt remember some of the childish adventures and mistakes which attended thine own coming of age.
  • Remember that it is thy child’s privilege to make a hero out of thee, and take thou thoughts to be proper ones.
  • Remember also that thy example is more eloquent than thy faultfinding and moralizing.
  • Thou shalt strive to be a signpost on the highway of life rather than a rut out of which the wheel cannot turn.
  • Thou shalt help thy child to see beauty, and to practice kindness, to love truth, and to live in friendship
  • Thou shalt teach thy child to stand on his own feet and fight his own battles.
  • Thou shalt make thou dwelling a real home, a haven of happiness for thyself, thy children, thy friends and thy children’s friends.