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Mary Elizabeth Morgan Mason leaves 800 acres of Mason Farm (and $1000) to UNC, stipulating that the land is never to be sold or divided, that UNC will maintain the family cemetery, and that portraits of her husband and two daughters, all of whom pre-deceased her, be placed in "a suitable hall of the institution." Over 100 years after her death, William George Randall, "North Carolina's Poor Boy Painter,"painted the three portraits as well as a portrait of Mary Mason. They were placed in Wilson Library, removed by the Library Committee, and for 50 years unaccounted for. (There is much more about this and how the matter was resolved in a Feb. 3, 1998 news release about an upcoming lecture by Douglass Hunt II, who tells the portraits' mystery story. It is very interesting and deserves its own entry). The Mason properties today include the 200 acre Finley Golf Course and 365 acre Mason Farm Reserve, much of the NC Botanical Garden, several athletic fields, OWASA's treatment plant, the UNC Wastewater Research Center, the UNC Faculty/Staff Farm, and the Friday Center.

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Modified by: Knauff
Last Update: 2017-01-11
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