Sellerstown, North Carolina

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Sellerstown is an Unincorporated community in Columbus County, North Carolina, 7 miles (11 km) from Whiteville. As of 2011 Sellerstown has 50 residents.[1]

As of 2011, Sellerstown many residents refer to the Bible as "The Book." As of the same year, residents also refer to The Devil in Pew Number Seven, a memoir by Rebecca Nichols, as "The Book" and many copies sit alongside the Bible in area houses. Many residents buy two or three copies of the memoir in one sitting. Area churches use the book in Sunday school classes.[2]

According to Ann White, an employee at the library in Whiteville, many residents did not know the extent of the involvement of Horry James Watts, former commission chairperson of Columbus County, in a harassment campaign against Nichols's father until the book was released, and that the book caused a commotion in the community. The campaign against Nichols's father resulted in the bombing of Nichols's house and the death of Nichols's mother.[2]

The book is currently being made into a film.[3]


  1. ^ Drash, Wayne. "How to stop the terror? A child's prayer, a mother's plea -- and a lawman's anguish." CNN. September 18, 2011. Retrieved on September 19, 2011.
  2. ^ a b Drash, Wayne. "A little girl's memories stir questions about good and evil." CNN. September 17, 2011. Retrieved on September 19, 2011.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-04-02. Retrieved 2015-03-05.

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