Hattie Whitted Shepard was born in 1858 in Hillsborough, N.C. She received her early training at Hampton Institute. Hattie Whitted Shepard married Rev. Dr. Augustus Shepard and birthed twelve children, including Dr. James E. Shepard, founder of North Carolina Central University. Mrs. Shepard organized the Missionary Circle at White Rock Baptist Church and taught a Bible class. She was also president of the Women’s Home and Foreign Missionary Society of North Carolina from 1930 to 1933.