Honoring Peace’s First Woman of Color

Feb 23, 2024

In the story of Peace’s history, the class of ’74 holds a special place, and at its forefront is Patricia McCullers – a trailblazer, a pioneer, and the first woman of color to grace the halls of Peace in 1973.

Patricia McCullers’ journey to Peace was paved with inspiration from an influential high school business teacher, herself a proud Peace alumna. It was a promise – the assurance that this college experience would “make all her dreams come true.” Little did McCullers know that she would go on to not only fulfill her dreams but also carve a path for others to follow.

Infused with the values instilled by her parents, McCullers brought a strong work ethic to Peace, defining not just her academic journey but also her illustrious career in civic leadership and service. For over 30 years, McCullers served as a dedicated North Carolina State Government employee, leaving a permanent mark on the community she passionately served.

Reflecting on her time at Peace, McCullers speaks of an “awesome experience and a superior education.” Her fondest memories include the culmination of her academic journey – graduation day, adorned in a long white gown and carrying a bouquet of roses. Today, she expresses gratitude that the tradition of presenting roses at Commencement still endures, symbolizing the enduring beauty of a Peace education.

In her retirement, Patricia McCullers continues to give back to the community. Volunteering her time with the Triangle Land Conservancy, Wake County Planning, and her church, she remains an active and engaged advocate for the causes she holds dear.

For Patricia McCullers, Peace was more than an institution; it was a transformative force that shaped her character, provided invaluable opportunities, and instilled a deep sense of gratitude. Her journey echoes the sentiment that education, when coupled with determination and a commitment to service, becomes a catalyst for both personal and societal change. Patricia McCullers, the first woman of color at Peace, stands as a beacon of inspiration and a testament to the enduring impact of education on a trailblazer’s legacy.

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