Dr. Juanita Patience Moss photo

Photo: By Howard Korn and Kim Bowser Spence Wilkes Magazine / Spring 2007


Dr. JUANITA PATIENCE MOSS, family griot, educator, author and presenter is the daughter of the late Cora and Charles Edgar Patience, a renowned anthracite coal sculptor from northeastern Pennsylvania. After graduating from West Pittston Public School, she attended Bennett College in Greensboro, N. C., Alma Mater of her step-mother, Alice Patterson Patience. She received a B.S. degree from Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, Penna.; a M.A. degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University, Rutherford, N.J.; and was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Humanities from King’s College, Wilkes-Barre, Penna. in 2011.

After retiring as a New Jersey high school biology teacher, she developed an interest in genealogy which led her to research Black Civil War soldiers whose service in white regiments previously had not been documented. She has written four books on the subject: Created to Be Free; Battle of Plymouth, N.C., April 17-20; 1864: The Last Confederate Victory; and two volumes of Forgotten Black Soldiers Who Served in White Regiments During the Civil War.

Later she would write
Anthracite Coal Art By Charles Edgar Patience and compile three volumes of Tell Me Why Dear Bennett, memoirs of Bennett College alumnae. At the present time she is researching seven distinct categories of Black soldiers who served the Union during the Civil War.

Dr. Moss is a member of the Alfred Street Baptist in Alexandria, Va.; the Northern Virginia Chapter of the Bennett College Alumnae; the Northern Virginia Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta, Inc.; West Pittston High School Alumnae Association; NAACP; Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society (AAGHS); Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH); the Washington County (N.C.) Genealogical Society; and a charter member of the Smithsonian Museum of African American Culture and History.

She was married to the late Edward Irving Moss for sixty-two years and is the mother of Brenda Moss Green, Esq. and Eric Douglas Moss. Also, she is the grandmother to two grandsons and four granddaughters.

Dr. Moss is available for Power Point lectures, book signings, and exhibits with her father’s anthracite art. She also presents the life of Harriet Jacobs, an escaped slave from Edenton, N.C., the same town from which Dr. Moss’s great grandfather had escaped before enlisting in the Union Army.

Dr. Juanita Patience Moss photo