John Thomas Daniel, Sr., born in 1900, was a native of Chatham County, NC, the son of the late John and Ida Daniel.
His early education was at Peeksville School, Durham, NC. He received the Bachelor of Arts Degree from North Carolina A&T College, Greensboro, NC, the Master of Arts Degree from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA and the Master of Arts Degree from Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY.
Mr. Daniel became the principal at the Pender County Training School in Rocky Point, NC in 1931. For thirty years, under his leadership, the school developed into an educational center worthy of note.
Leona Brown Daniel, daughter of the late David and Elizabeth Brown, was born in Washington, NC in 1908. She completed her high school education in the Washington, NC Public Schools. Leona Brown Daniel received the Bachelor of Science Degree from North Carolina Winston-Salem State University, Winston-Salem, NC. The Master of Arts Degree from North Carolina College, Durham, NC, the Professional Diploma from Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY.
For thirty years, Leona Brown Daniel served as an educator in Pender County, NC. Initially, she taught at Pender County Training School, Rocky Point, NC and after several years, she became Supervisor of the Pender County Elementary Public Schools for black children.
Leona Brown Daniel served on many boards and belonged to many educational organizations. Most notably, she served on the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Teachers Association, she served as President of the North Carolina Congress of Colored Parents and Teachers, she was the first black as Commission Member for the North Carolina Elementary Schools, the first black to the White House Conference on Education from North Carolina and was a member of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
The Daniels have two children, Dr. John Thomas Daniel, Jr. and Dr. Ida Elizabeth Daniel Dark.
Note written by Dr. Ida Elizabeth Daniel Dark