Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities


Mark Wilson
(334) 844-6198 


Originally from Saraland, Alabama, Mark Wilson has worked with community members, partnering organizations, students, and faculty in the College of Liberal Arts at Auburn University since 2006.  He holds degrees from the University of Mobile (B.A.), Mercer University (Master of Divinity), and Auburn University (Ph.D., History).  He is the author of William Owen Carver’s Controversies in the Baptist South (Mercer University) and co-author of Living Democracy: Students as Citizens, Communities as Classrooms (Kettering Foundation Press).

Wilson is an Appalachian Teaching Fellow with the Appalachian Regional Commission and Secretary of the Alabama Historical Association. He teaches community engagement and practicum courses at Auburn University, and in 2018, he was voted by students at Auburn University to deliver the “Final Lecture.” Wilson has coordinated contracts and grants with the National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, Appalachian Regional Commission, Kettering Foundation, David Mathews Center for Civic Life, Alabama Humanities Foundation, and others.  He is a former member of the Board of Directors for the National Issues Forums Institute. 



Maiben Beard
Outreach Associate
(334) 844-4903


Maiben Beard has been Outreach Associate at the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities since 2008. She develops, implements, and manages statewide arts and humanities outreach programs and initiatives. In addition, she curates and interprets the historic 1847 Scott-Yarbrough house, known as Pebble Hill. Beard graduated from Emory University with a B.A. degree in Art History and a minor in Anthropology. She currently serves as Membership Secretary for the Alabama Historical Association and is a commissioner for the City of Auburn Historic Preservation Commission and member of the Alabama National Register Review Board.


Erica Dalton
Events Coordinator
(334) 844-4946 


Erica Dalton has been the Event Coordinator at Pebble Hill since 2021. She organizes, plans, coordinates, and executes events held at the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities. Dalton received her B.S. from Auburn University in Human Development and Family Studies.


Hannah White
Graduate Assistant


A native of Madison, Alabama, Hannah White has worked with the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for Arts & Humanities since 2019. As an undergraduate student at Auburn University, she participated in various programs the Center sponsors, such as Living Democracy and the Appalachian Teaching Project. She received her B.A. in Political Science from Auburn and is currently pursuing a Master's of Public Administration. 


Jordan Branchman
Student Assistant


Jordan Branchman, a native of Montgomery, Alabama, is an undergraduate student at Auburn University that is pursuing a B.A. in political science. Jordan began his devotion for civic engagement through the Appalachian Teaching Project, a course offered by the Center and taught by Dr. Mark Wilson, in the fall semesters of 2020 and 2021.


Zach Wright


Zach Wright has worked as a gardener at Pebble Hill since 2019. He also works as a Landscape Technician for the wider Auburn University campus. Previously, Wright was as a gardener for the University of Cambridge in England, where he worked for Trinity College and then later Murray Edwards College. He was also a seasonal gardener at Oxburgh Hall, a 15th century manor house that is part of England's National Trust for Places of Historic Interest or Natural Beauty. Wright holds a Royal Horticultural Society Level 2 Diploma in the Principles and Practices of Horticulture. 


Bernard LaFayette, Jr. 
Breeden Scholar-in-Residence


Bernard LaFayette Jr. was a cofounder of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, a leader in the Nashville lunch counter sit-ins, a Freedom Rider, an associate of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and the national coordinator of the Poor People's Campaign.

He is Chair of the National Board of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

Kate Bulls LaFayette has devoted her life to teaching young children. She graduated with a masters degree from the Elliott Pearson Early Childhood Education Program at Tufts University. She spent 24 years as director of Head Start in Tuskegee.

Bernard and Kate Lafayette married in 1969 and currently reside in Tuskegee.

Last Updated: January 12, 2022