The Fayetteville Chapter of NOW held their 13th annual DV Wreath Laying Ceremony in Memory of Beryl Lorraine Mitchell on Dec 4, 2021. Fayetteville NOW and the Quaker House in Fayetteville started remembering Mitchell with an annual wreath laying ceremony in 2007, when Mitchell’s daughter finally laid a grave marker for her mother. NC NOW members joined from as far as Durham NC. Roberta Waddle from Fayetteville NOW and Wendy Michener from Durham NOW and previously from The Quaker House led the gathering in a moving remembrance of the young mom whose life was cut short. Carrol Olinger delivered a powerful poem written by Fayetteville NOW president Pam Carver that reminded everyone of the important work and commitment to support DV survivors. Fayetteville NOW members are very involved in local organizations that help survivors, especially Rape Crisis of Cumberland County and the CARE Center Shelter.
Read more about Mitchell and this event at “A Marker for her Mother: A Survivor’s Journey,” 10/24/2016, written by NOW member Chuck Fager.
Read more about the domestic violence crisis, how the pandemic has made things worse by isolating victims even more, and Fayetteville NOW’s involvement with trying to address DV in the press release that was sent out.