Laura Cox’s High School Diploma, May 28, 1920


This Tileston High school diploma was awarded to Laura Grace Cox and signed by instructors and WE. Perdew, Chairman of School District Number One and superintendent. The diploma has a picture of the school on center front.


Laura Cox Padrick (1902 to 1994) donated her high school diploma to the Museum in 1984. Ms. Cox was one of four children born to Thomas and Mary Grace Cox. In 1935, she married D.C. Padrick. Mr. Padrick worked for prominent Wilmingtonian Sarah Graham Kenan (1876 to 1968) as a chauffeur. Mrs. Padrick served as a Trustee for the Women's Society of Christian Service of Trinity Methodist Church of Wilmington. She also donated a collection of fans that belonged to Sarah Graham Kenan to Cape Fear Museum.

The Tileston School was founded by Amy Morris Bradley (1823 to 1904) as a free school for the poor after the end of the Civil War.

Laura Coxs High School Diploma

CFM 1984.041.0018

Gift of Laura C. Padrick