Through most of eastern North Carolina's history, farmers and rural families felt that some level of schooling was important in order to be a good citizen and productive member of the community. This exhibit highlights the most important changes in the region's education system between 1880 and 1972. These were also the same years that the Brown family occupied their home which is now located on the museum grounds.
Sarah Liles, an intern from Meredith College, completed the research, design, and production of the exhibit during her internship in the spring of 2004. One of her most important tasks was to include new information about both black and white schools in rural eastern Carolina. The resulting exhibit tells a story of hope and betterment for all children in the region.