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McCrory’s teacher, NC Indian Affairs commissioner dies

Gov. Pat McCrory with Ruth Revels, an American Indian activist who taught McCrory at Ragsdale High School in Greensboro
Gov. Pat McCrory with Ruth Revels, an American Indian activist who taught McCrory at Ragsdale High School in Greensboro

Ruth Revels, an American Indian activist who taught Gov. Pat McCrory in high school, has died at age 79.

Revels has been a member of the N.C. Indian Affairs Commission since 2005, representing the Guilford Native American Association, a group she helped found. She also chaired the commission for several years. McCrory issued a news release this week announcing her death.

“I am heartbroken to learn of the passing of Ruth Revels,” McCrory said. “Mrs. Revels was one of those teachers at Ragsdale High School who had a lasting impact and influence on me. I will always remember her smile and the sparkle in her eye. I have lost a very special friend.”

According to the Greensboro News & Record, Revels was a Lumbee Indian who grew up in Robeson County. She appeared in a 2012 campaign commercial supporting McCrory.

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