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One Man's 'Junk' A 'Treasure' for Fuquay-Varina Woman

Posted February 26, 2000

— A tiny book, thrown in among junk at a flea market --one look at it and you can see it is delicate and quite old.

Those characteristics alone caused Dee Ferguson to buy it at a Fuquay-Varina flea market for just under $40 a few years ago.

"It was strange, something I had never seen before, and I just thought that maybe nobody had ever seen anything like this," Ferguson said.

At that time, Ferguson did not know that she became the owner of a 300-year-old Ethiopian prayer book of the Coptic Church, written in Geez.

"The monks used to wear it around their necks and would use it for a prayer book," Ferguson said.

She recently acquired this information from an appraiser who estimated the book's value to a possible $1000.

But Ferguson says she is not satisfied and wants to learn more from other experts in the field about her flea market treasure.

"Hopefully I can sell it," she said, "but if I don't I'll just hang onto it for a while because it is very interesting."

Interesting, yes. How did an ancient prayer book from 18th-century Ethiopia make its way to Fuquay-Varina? One can only guess.

"It just shows that if you look really hard enough you're going to find something that's really special," Ferguson said.


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