The negro girl-preacher, Cleretto Nora Avery, who has created so much interest in the city, left Monday. The crowds she attracted to her discourses were large — many white people attending Friday afternoon she preached to a large congregation in the white Methodist church here, and her sermon on that occasion elicited many favorable comments. She is a mulatto, claiming to be only eleven years old, yet can read fluently and speaks to her large audiences with no hesitation. Her father was a preacher and she claims that his mantle of inspiration has fallen upon her.
Wilson Times, 30 July 1897.
Cleveland Gazette, 20 March 1897.