January 13, 1923: Junior League Gets Started


On this date: January 13, 1923.  An enthusiastic group of young women met at Reynolda, and under the leadership of Mrs. J. Edward Johnston and Mrs. S. Wilson Gray, they were organized into the “Co-Workers of the Juvenile Relief Association.”    But, they discovered a couple of weeks later there was a regulation in the charter against auxiliaries being formed in  the Juvenile Relief, so plans changed and a suggestion was made that they apply for membership in the new national organization called the Junior League.

The Winston-Salem organization became the first to form in North Carolina, and the 46th in the national organization.  Mrs. Thurmond Chatham was the first president.

The photograph above shows an early Junior League shop on West Fourth Street.  The Junior League operated a Thrift Shop and a Gift Shop in their early history.

Photo courtesy of Forsyth County Public Library Photograph Collection.

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