Biographies of African Americans

Biographies of African Americans
James Timothy "Tim" Brymn
by . Among the musicians from Kinston, North Carolina who have created legacies in the world of music, one of the earliest to be recognized was the jazz composer and band leader J. Tim Brymn. Born in [...] (from North Carolina Arts Council.)
James William Alston
by Peek, Matthew M. James William Alston 18 Jan. 1876-14 Dec. 1940 by Matthew M. Peek, State Archives of North Carolina, 2015 James William Alston served in the U.S. Army during both the [...] (from NC Office of Archives and History.)
9th Wonder
by Eckard, Max. Patrick Denard Douthit, better known by his stage name, 9th Wonder (or, since 2010, 9thmatic), is a record producer and record executive from Winston Salem, NC. He is also a Grammy award-winning [...] (from NCpedia.)
Adams-Ender, Clara
by Pollitt, Phoebe Ann. Originally published in "North Carolina Nursing History." Republished with permission. For personal educational use and not for further distribution. Please submit permission requests for other uses [...] (from Appalachian State University.)
Angelou, Maya
by Horton, Emily S. Maya Angelou was best known as a poet and the best-selling author of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1970). Angelou was also a singer, dancer, Grammy-winning composer, director, and actress. She was [...] (from NCpedia.)
Atkins, Simon Green
by Gainor, Samuel M. Atkins received his early schooling in Haywood. He was an astute student and progressed to teaching in the town school before he enrolled in St. Augustine's Normal Collegiate Institute, now St. [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Atwater, Ann George
by Carrier, Sarah. Ann George Atwater was a lifelong grassroots civil rights activist in Durham, North Carolina. She was born in Hallsboro, Columbus County on July 1, 1935. As a child, she attended the Farmers’ Union [...] (from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Libraries.)
Bailey, Neil Alexander
by Stewart, James. Neil Alexander Bailey* was the first African-American agricultural extension agent in the state of North Carolina. He was born in Harnett County, North Carolina, the son of Edward and Phillis McLean [...] (from NCSU Libraries.)
Baker, Ella
by Townes, Mitzi. Ella Baker was born on December 13, 1903 in Norfolk , Va. When Ella was eight years old her family moved to Littleton, North Carolina. In 1918, Ella Baker entered Shaw University, a Baptist boarding [...] (from NCpedia.)
Baker, Ella Josephine
by Agan, Kelly, Davis, Sarajanee. Did you include Ella Baker on your list? If so, you know more than the average person about the people who started and pushed the Movement forward. Ms. Baker was born in Norfolk, Virginia. She moved [...] (from NCpedia K-8 Collection.)
Barrino, Fantasia
by Horton, Emily S. Fantasia Barrino 1984- by Emily HortonNC Government & Heritage Library, 2016. Related Entries: Clay Aiken; Fantasia Barrino; Kellie Pickler; Chris Daughtry; Bucky [...] (from NCpedia.)
Bearden, Romare
by Wegner, Ansley Herring. Bearden, Romare by Ansley Wegner, Research Branch, NC Office of Archives and History, [...] (from Research Branch, NC Office of Archives and History.)
Bethea-Shields, Karen: In Joan Little's Cell
by Cecelski, David S. On the day she passed her bar exam in 1974, Karen Galloway, now Karen Bethea-Shields, was named co-counsel in the first-degree murder trial of Joan Little. It became one of the most controversial [...] (from Listening to History, News and Observer.)
Broadfoot, Carrie Early
by Pollitt, Phoebe Ann. Originally published in "North Carolina Nursing History." Republished with permission. For personal educational use and not for further distribution. Please submit permission requests for other uses [...] (from Appalachian State University.)
Brown, Calvin Scott
by Stephenson, E. Frank, Jr. Calvin Scott Brown, educator, editor, minister, and advisor, was born in Salisbury of black and Scotch-Irish ancestry. His father was Henry Brown, a farmer, and his mother was Flora Brown. Brought up [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Brown, Charlotte Hawkins
by Burns, A. M., III. Charlotte Hawkins Brown, a pioneer in education and race relations, was born on a farm near Henderson, the granddaughter of a slave. Her mother, Caroline Frances Hawkins, moved to Cambridge, Mass., [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Brown, Charlotte Hawkins
by Anonymous. CHARLOTTE HAWKINS BROWN See also: Brown, Charlotte Hawkins from the Dictionary of North Carolina Biography This essay is adapted from information at the Charlotte Hawkins Brown [...] (from Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum.)
Browne, Rose Butler
by Hill, Michael. The name of Rose Butler Browne is venerated on the campus of North Carolina Central University (NCCU). Born in Boston in 1897, Browne was an influential educator, civil rights activist, and community [...] (from Research Branch, NC Office of Archives and History.)
Burke, Selma Hortense
by Agan, Kelly. Burke, Selma Hortense By Adapted by Kelly Agan, Government & Heritage Library, 2019, from the Blog, "This Day in North Carolina History" (December 31, 2016) 31 Dec. 1900 - [...] (from North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.)
Cannady, Mary: At Dr. King's House
by Cecelski, David S. Mary Cannady was 50 years old in 1965 when three civil rights activists were killed in Alabama. The deaths of Jimmie Lee Jackson, the Rev. James Reeb and Viola Liuzzo shocked the nation, including [...] (from Listening to History, News and Observer.)
Carter, Dorcas E.: The Great Fire Of '22
by Cecelski, David S. The great fire of 1922 burned 40 city blocks in New Bern and left thousands of people homeless. It was the most destructive fire in the state's history. Dorcas E. Carter, one of the few people who [...] (from Listening to History, News and Observer.)
Cartwright, Andrew
by Cross, Jerry L. Andrew J. Cartwright, minister and agent of the American Colonization Society, was born in Elizabeth City under circumstances as yet unknown: some contend that he was the son of slave parents and [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Chance, William Claudius, Sr.
by Caldwell, John T. William Claudius Chance, Sr., educator and humanitarian, was born in Parmele. His parents were W. V. and Alice Chance; his grandparents, who reared him, were Bryant and Penethia Chance; all were [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Charlotte Hawkins Brown: singing her own song
by Agan, Kelly, Ashley, Stephen. Brown, Charlotte Hawkins Charlotte Hawkins Brown: singing her own song By Stephen Ashley and Kelly Agan, N.C. Government & Heritage Library, 2020From the NCpedia K-8 [...] (from NCpedia K-8 Collection.)
Chavis, John
by Parramore, Barbara M. John Chavis, preacher and teacher, was probably the "indentured servant named John Chavis" mentioned in the inventory of the estate of Halifax attorney James Milner in 1773, though little is [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Cheatham, Henry Plummer
by Gatewood, Willard B., Jr. Henry Plummer Cheatham, politician, educator, and racial spokesman, was born to a house slave on a plantation near Henderson. Treated with favor by his white father, a prominent planter, Cheatham [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Chesnutt, Charles Waddell
by Andrews, William L. Chesnutt, Charles Waddell by William L. Andrews, 1979 20 June 1858–15 Nov. 1932 Charles Waddell Chesnutt, writer, was born in Cleveland, Ohio, the first child of Andrew Jackson Chesnutt and [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Clinton, George
by Franke, Matthew. George Clinton (nicknamed "the Prime Minister of Funk" and "Dr. Funkenstein") is a singer, songwriter, and producer best known as the leader of the popular funk bands Parliament and Funkadelic [...] (from NCpedia.)
Coleman, Warren Clay
by Krieger, Marvin. Warren Clay Coleman, manufacturer, was the illegitimate son of Rufus Clay Barringer, afterward a Confederate general, and Roxanna Coleman, a slave owned by Daniel Coleman, Sr., of Concord. Prior to [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Cooper, Anna Julia
by Davis, Sarajanee. Cooper, Anna Julia The World Needs to Hear Her Voice  By Sarajanee Davis, N.C. Government & Heritage Library, 2020 From the NCpedia K-8 Collection August 10, 1858-February 27, [...] (from NCpedia K-8 Collection.)
Copeland, John Anthony: Tar Heels at Harper's Ferry, October 16-18, 1859
by Howard, Joshua. Tar Heels at Harper's Ferry, October 16-18, 1859: John Anthony Copeland By Joshua Howard, Research Branch, NC Office of Archives and History, 2011 Reprinted with permission from [...] (from Research Branch, NC Office of Archives and History.)
Dancy, John Campbell, Jr.
by Krieger, Marvin. John Campbell Dancy Jr., editor and public official, was born in Tarboro, the son of John C. Dancy, Sr., a slave who became a freeman and, after the Civil War, was a builder and contractor and an [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Davis, Gary
by Bastin, Bruce. Gary Davis, a blind black street singer and minister, was born in Laurens, S.C., to a farming family and was raised by his grandmother. As a young man he joined the steady stream of rural blacks who [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Davis, Kenny: It's Like Being At War
by Cecelski, David S. I met Kenny Davis during the recent commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Wilmington race riot of 1898. A century ago, on Nov. 10, 1898, a white mob massacred many blacks and seized the city [...] (from Listening to History, News and Observer.)
Day, Thomas
by Wrenn, Tony P. Thomas Day, cabinetmaker, was the son of Morning S. Day (b. ca. 1766 in Virginia), but his father is unknown. Thomas Day married Aquilla Wilson (b. ca. 1806) of Halifax County, Va., in Halifax on 7 [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Day, Thomas
by Umfleet, LeRae. Thomas Day, a cabinetmaker by trade, is the most celebrated of North Carolina’s antebellum craftsmen. He was born in Dinwiddie County, Virginia, in 1801 to a family of free, landowning African [...] (from Research Branch, NC Office of Archives and History.)
Delany, Henry Beard
by Reid, Elizabeth Davis. Henry Beard Delany was the first black man to become an Episcopal bishop in North Carolina and only the second in the United States; he was also an educator. He was born in St. Mary's, Ga., the son [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Dudley, James Benson
by Warlick, Kenneth. James Benson Dudley, educator and college president, was born in Wilmington to John Bishop and Annie Hatch Dudley, slaves of Edward B. Dudley (1789–1855), governor of North Carolina from 31 Dec. 1836 [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Duncan, Samuel Edward, Jr.
by Edinger, Lois V. Duncan, Samuel Edward, Jr., educator and college president, was born in Madisonville, Ky., the oldest of seven children of Samuel E. and Lena B. Duncan. At a time when blacks did not find it easy to [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Eagleson II, Wilson
by Bates, Doris McLean. Wilson Vash Eagleson II A Tuskegee Airman 1920 - 2006 by Doris McLean Bates Reprinted with permission from the Tar Heel Junior Historian, Fall 2003. Tar Heel Junior Historian Association, NC [...] (from Tar Heel Junior Historian, NC Museum of History.)
Elder, Alfonso
by Reid, G. W. Alfonso Elder, college president, was the son of Lucy Lillian Phinizy and Thomas J. Elder, of Sandersville, Ga., who were also the parents of Blanche and Charles Elder. Alfonso received his early [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Ellison, Stewart
by Reid, Elizabeth Davis. During 1852–54 Ellison was employed in Raleigh in the construction of several Fayetteville Street buildings following a widely destructive December 1851 fire; he also worked on the first buildings at [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Era of Progress and Promise: Browse biographies
by Allen, Christy E. Era of Progress and Promise: Browse biographies by Christy E. Allen, 2009. Book compiled by W. N. Hartshorn of Clifton, Massachusetts in 1910, concerning the Clifton Conference of [...] (from NC Digital Collections.)
Evans, Henry
by Rives, Ralph Hardee. Henry Evans, popular black preacher, was credited with being "the father of the Methodist Church, white and black, in Fayetteville, and the best preacher of his time in that quarter," according to [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Faduma, Orishatukeh
by Deveneaux, Gustav H. K. Orishatukeh Faduma, teacher and minister, was born in Guyana, South America (formerly British Guiana), to John and Omolofi Faduma, freed African slaves from Yorubaland (now in southwestern Nigeria, [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Fisher, Alfred: Bay River
by Cecelski, David S. I visited Alfred Fisher in Pamlico County, three hours east of Raleigh. Now retired from his job as a chemist at a Weyerhaeuser pulp mill, he is active in the county historical society and has been [...] (from Listening to History, News and Observer.)
Fitzgerald, Robert George
by Krieger, Marvin. Robert George Fitzgerald, soldier, farmer, educator, and businessman, was born to Thomas Charles Fitzgerald (ca. 1808–79) and Sarah Ann Burton Fitzgerald (ca. 1818–ca. 1889) in New Castle County, [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Flack, Roberta
by Franke, Matthew. Roberta Flack is a Grammy-winning singer, songwriter, and pianist renowned for her smooth, "velvety" voice. Born in Black Mountain in Buncombe County on February 10, 1937, she was one of four [...] (from NCpedia.)
Forbes, David: The Birth of the SNCC
by Cecelski, David S. Two months earlier, on Feb. 1, 1960, four black students at North Carolina A&T sat down at a "whites only" lunch counter at a Woolworth's Department Store in Greensboro. They politely requested [...] (from Listening to History, News and Observer.)
Fortescue, John Henry: Guitar Shorty
by . In the early 1970s, a one-of-a-kind artist lived near Elm City—the blues guitarist, singer, and musical storyteller John Henry Fortescue. Known as Guitar Shorty, Fortescue—who was originally from [...] (from North Carolina Arts Council.)
Foster, Allen
by Hollingsworth, Biff, West, Tim. Foster, Allen by Biff Hollingsworth and Tim West, Special Collections at Wilson Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2008 ? - January 24, 1936 In [...] (from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Libraries.)
Freeman, Ralf
by Woodard, John R. Ralf Freeman, Baptist minister, was born a slave in Anson County; his parents are not known. He belonged to John Culpeper, a Baptist minister and pastor of the Rocky River Baptist Church, Anson [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Frinks, Golden
by Spicer, Shirl. With fists raised, members of the audience paid homage to “The Great Agitator” on July 24, 2004, as North Carolina laid to rest one of its greatest unsung heroes of the Civil Rights movement—Golden [...] (from Tar Heel Junior Historian, NC Museum of History.)
Fulton, Allen
by Bastin, Bruce. Allen, Fulton by Bruce Bastin 10 July 1907-13 Feb. [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Fulton, David Bryant
by Andrews, William L. David Bryant Fulton, black polemicist and author, was born in Fayetteville to Benjamin and Lavinia Robinson Fulton. His early childhood was spent in the Fayetteville area, but he grew up in [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Goler, William Harvey
by Krieger, Marvin. Goler, William Harvey by Marvin Krieger, 1986 1 Jan. 1846–22 Feb. 1939 William Harvey Goler, educator, church leader, and president of Livingstone College, Salisbury, was born in Halifax, [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Gore, Eugene W.: The Smell of Money
by Cecelski, David S. Born in 1916, Capt. Eugene W. Gore worked his way up from kitchen boy to become one of the first African-American captains in the great menhaden fishing fleet of North Carolina. I talked with him at [...] (from Listening to History, News and Observer.)
Grant, Ernest James
by Pollitt, Phoebe Ann. Originally published in "North Carolina Nursing History." Republished with permission. For personal educational use and not for further distribution. Please submit permission requests for other uses [...] (from Appalachian State University.)
Grant, Gary: A Boy Scout Jamboree to Remember
by Cecelski, David S. I visited with Gary Grant in Tillery, a rural, African-American community in Halifax County, 100 miles northeast of Raleigh. Raised in an experimental resettlement community in Tillery in which FDR's [...] (from Listening to History, News and Observer.)
Green, John Patterson
by Andrews, William L. John Patterson Green, African-American attorney, legislator, and author, was born in New Bern, the only son of John Rice Green, a tailor, and Temperance Durden Green, a seamstress after her husband's [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Harris, Bravid Washington
by London, Lawrence F. Bravid Washington Harris, Episcopal priest and bishop, was born in Warrenton, the son of Bravid Washington and Margaret Burgess Harris. After receiving his preparatory education in Warrenton, he [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Harris, James Henry
by Alexander, Roberta Sue. James Henry Harris, North Carolina politician, was born in Granville County. Described as "a base born boy of color," he was apprenticed on 3 Aug. 1840 to Charles Allen to learn the carpenter trade; [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Henderson, William B.
by Macfie, John. William B. Henderson, African-American state senator, farmer, and resident of Middleburg, was elected to the North Carolina General Assembly in 1892 as a Republican representative from the Eleventh [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Higgs, George and the Bull City Blues
by Wells, Mike "Lightnin'". For more than sixty years, George Higgs, of Tarboro in Edgecombe County, has been playing and singing the blues in his community and in places as far away as Australia and Switzerland—carrying on a [...] (from Tar Heel Junior Historian, NC Museum of History.)
Hill, William M.: At the Mortar Box
by Cecelski, David S. I visited with master plasterer William M. Hill at his home in Clinton, an hour southeast of Raleigh. At age 77, he is renowned for his painstaking restorations of some of the state's most historic [...] (from Listening to History, News and Observer.)
Holland, Annie Wealthy
by Shaber, Sarah R. Annie Wealthy Holland, educator, was born in Isle of Wight County, Va., on a plot of land contiguous to the Wealthy plantation, where her grandmother had been a slave. She was the daughter of John [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Hood, James Walker
by Bell, John L. James Walker Hood, clergyman, educator, and bishop, the son of Levi and Harriet Walker Hood, was born on the farm of Ephraim Jackson in Chester County, Pa., nine miles from Wilmington, Del. His [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Hopkins, Moses Aaron
by Wegner, Ansley Herring. Hopkins, Moses Aaron by Ansley Wegner Research Branch, NC Office of Archives and History, 2006. http://www.ncmarkers.com December 25, 1846 - August 7, 1886 Moses Aaron Hopkins, educator [...] (from Research Branch, NC Office of Archives and History.)
Horton, George Moses
by Walser, Richard. George Moses Horton, poet, was born in Northampton County, the property of William Horton who also owned his mother, his five older half sisters, and his younger brother and three sisters. As a [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Hunter, Aaron Burtis
by Bennington, Catherine Myers. Aaron Burtis Hunter, Episcopal clergyman, educator, book collector, and philanthropist, was born in Philadelphia, Pa., the son of John C. and Sarah A. Clark Hunter. After graduation from public [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Hunter, Charles Norfleet
by Byrd, Robert L. Charles Norfleet Hunter, educator, was born in Raleigh at the home of his father, Osborne Hunter, a Negro artisan. His mother, Mary Hunter, though a slave owned by William Dallas Haywood of Raleigh, [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Hyman, John Adams
by Elmore, Joseph E. John Adams Hyman, politician, state senator, and congressman, was born a slave near Warrenton, Warren County. Sold and sent to Alabama, he returned to Warren County in 1865 a free man. With the rise [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Inborden, Thomas Sewell
by Rives, Ralph Hardee. Inborden, Thomas Sewell by Ralph Hardee Rives, 1988 6 Jan. 1865–10 Mar. 1951 See also: Brick School; Era of Progress and Promise Thomas Sewell Inborden, black educator, was born near [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
J. Cole
by Eckard, Max. Jermain Lamar Cole, better known by his stage name, J. Cole, is a Grammy-nominated rapper, singer and producer from Fayetteville, NC. In 2009, he became the first artist to be signed to Jay-Z's Roc [...] (from NCpedia.)
Jackson, Della Hayden Raney
by Pollitt, Phoebe Ann. Originally published in "North Carolina Nursing History." Republished with permission. For personal educational use and not for further distribution. Please submit permission requests for other uses [...] (from Appalachian State University.)
Jacobs, Harriet
by Yellin, Jean Fagan. Harriet Jacobs, writer and reformer, was born a slave in Edenton. Her grandmother, "Yellow" Molly Horniblow, who was freed in 1828, subsequently bought a house in Edenton and earned her living as a [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Jacobs, Harriet Ann
by Davis, Sarajanee. How would you describe your family or school day? What information would you include about the world? Is there anything you could share to teach others about where you live? The information you chose [...] (from NCpedia K-8 Collection.)
Jenkins, Ammie: Where The Cool Waters Run In Her Memory
by Cecelski, David S. I visited Ammie Jenkins in Spring Lake, in Cumberland County, 50 miles south of Raleigh. She is one of the state's most dynamic advocates for black farming and landownership. As the founder and [...] (from Listening to History, News and Observer.)
Joel, Lawrence
by Jones, H. G. Lawrence Joel, the first black man to receive the Medal of Honor for battlefield heroism, was born in the slums of Winston-Salem to Trenton and Mary Ellen Joel, but at age eight he was unofficially [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
John Chavis: Pioneering Teacher & Preacher
by Agan, Kelly, Davis, Sarajanee. Chavis, John Pioneering Teacher & Preacher   By Sarajanee Davis and Kelly Agan, N.C. Government & Heritage Library, 2020 From the NCpedia K-8 Collection c. [...] (from NCpedia K-8 Collection.)
Johnson Jr., Henry Vanderbilt: The Engelhard Cafe
by Cecelski, David S. Recently, Dr. Henry Vanderbilt Johnson Jr. shared a story with me about an unsung little moment in our state's civil rights history: a cafe brawl in Engelhard, a fishing village in Hyde County. The [...] (from Listening to History, News and Observer.)
Johnson, Edward Austin
by Gatewood, Willard B., Jr. Johnson, Edward Austin Willard B. Gatewood, Jr., 1988 Related Entries: Civil Rights; African Americans; Slavery 23 Nov. 1860–24 July [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Johnson, Janie Settles
by Parrish, Thomas, IV. Janie Settles was the the first African-American female rescue chief in North Carolina. She was born and grew up in Littleton in Halifax County, the youngest of the fourteen children of John Wesley [...] (from NCpedia.)
Jones, Alice Eley: Herring Fish
by Cecelski, David S. Historian Alice Eley Jones and I recently got into her Jeep and went in search of herring -- or at least the history of herring fishing. We were in Murfreesboro, her hometown. Herring have been an [...] (from Listening to History, News and Observer.)
Jones, John
by Powell, William S. John Jones, businessman and leader for blacks' rights, was born in Greene County, the son of a German named Bromfield and a free mulatto mother. Afraid that his father would take away her son, John's [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Jones, Marvin Tupper: Pleasant Plains
by Cecelski, David S. I recently joined Marvin Tupper Jones at his family's annual reunion and fish fry. We were in Pleasant Plains, part of an extraordinary, 9-mile-long swath of land in the state's rural, northeast [...] (from Listening to History, News and Observer.)
Jones, Marvin: Making a Day
by Cecelski, David S. Marvin Jones started working for the Export Leaf Tobacco Company in Wilson in 1946. At that time, Wilson was the largest bright-leaf tobacco market in the world. The buying, processing and selling of [...] (from Listening to History, News and Observer.)
Jones, Thomas H.
by Leder, Eric. Jones, Thomas H. By Eric Leder, North Carolina State University, 2013 1806-? Thomas H. Jones was a self-educated abolitionist, minister, and author who spent much of his [...] (from NCpedia.)
Jordan, Michael
by Case, Steven. Michael Jordan may have been born in Brooklyn, but North Carolina claims him as one of our own. The Jordan family moved to North Carolina when Michael Jordan was very small and he grew up in [...] (from Government & Heritage Library, State Library of North Carolina.)
Jordan, Michael
by Thompson, Taylor. Think about the shoes you’ve seen others wear. Have you ever seen someone wearing Air Jordans? If so, you might know that they get their name from Michael Jordan. He is a legendary basketball player. [...] (from NCpedia K-8 Collection.)
Kay, Willie Virginia Otey
by Bell-Kite, Diana, Agan, Kelly. KAY, WILLIE VIRGINIA OTEY 17 Mar. 1894 – 25 Sept. 1992 By Diana Bell-Kite, NC Museum of History and Kelly Agan, NC Government & Heritage Library, 2016 “You have [...] (from North Carolina Museum of History.)
Keckly (Keckley), Elizabeth Hobbs
by Wegner, Ansley Herring. Keckly (Keckley), Elizabeth Hobbs by Ansley Wegner, Research Branch, NC Office of Archives and History, 2013 www.ncmarkers.com Elizabeth Hobbs Keckly [...] (from Research Branch, NC Office of Archives and History.)
Knight, Rudolph: History Right Here
by Cecelski, David S. Rudolph Knight is the caretaker of Tarboro's African-American past. Even as a child, he treasured his elders' stories about the Eastern North Carolina town, especially the stories from the 1880s and [...] (from Listening to History, News and Observer.)
Lane, Lunsford
by Cotten, Alice R. Lunsford Lane, slave, businessman, free black, and lecturer, was the only child of Edward and Clarissa Lane, slaves from Raleigh. His parents had assumed the surname of Lane from the white family [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Leary, Lewis S.: Tar Heels at Harper's Ferry, October 16-18, 1859
by Howard, Joshua. Tar Heels at Harper's Ferry, October 16-18, 1859: Lewis S. Leary By Joshua Howard, Research Branch, NC Office of Archives and History, 2011 Reprinted with permission from North [...] (from Research Branch, NC Office of Archives and History.)
Lee, Howard
by Graham, Nicholas. Howard Lee by Nicholas GrahamUNC - North Carolina Collection, 2004. Updated by Michelle Czaikowski, 2010."This Month in North Carolina History" series. Reprinted with [...] (from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Libraries.)
Leonard, Sugar Ray
by Case, Steven. Ray Charles Leonard, known as the boxing champion "Sugar Ray" Leonard (after the champion boxer Sugar Ray Robinson), was born on May 17, 1956 in Wilmington, North Carolina to Getha Leonard and Cicero [...] (from Government & Heritage Library, State Library of North Carolina.)
Lewis, Joe: We Weren't Afraid
by Cecelski, David S. I met Joe Lewis in Louisburg, the county seat of Franklin County, 25 miles northeast of Raleigh. A vigorous 81-year-old who still breaks and trains horses, Lewis has never considered himself a civil [...] (from Listening to History, News and Observer.)
Lockamy, Fred: Sorrow Valley
by Cecelski, David S. On April 9, 1968, 16-year-old Fred Lockamy and four of his longtime friends decided to strike back at the Ku Klux Klan by burning down its local meeting hall. They lived in a black neighborhood in [...] (from Listening to History, News and Observer.)
Long Lance, Buffalo Child
by Smith, Donald B. Long Lance, Buffalo Child by Donald B. Smith, 1991 1 Dec. 1890–20 Mar. 1932 Buffalo Child Long Lance, author and actor, was one of the best-known North American Indians of the late 1920s. In [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Lowe, Dazelle Foster
by Pronovost, Emily, von der Heide, Mary. Lowe, Dazelle Foster By Mary von der Heide and Emily Pronovost, NCSU Libraries, 2007 Originally published in Green 'N' Growing, The History of Home Demonstration and 4-H Youth [...] (from NCSU Libraries.)
Lynch, Loretta
by Davis, Sarajanee. On April 27, 2015, Loretta Lynch was sworn in as Attorney General of the United States. President Barack Obama nominated Lynch to succeed Eric Holder. Lynch became the first African American woman to [...] (from Government & Heritage Library, State Library of North Carolina.)
Mabley, Jackie (Moms)
by Gillespie, James D. Mabley, Jackie (Moms) by James D. Gillespie 1898–23 May 1975 (1898–23 May 1975), comedienne and actress, was born Loretta Mary Aiken in Brevard, the daughter of "Uncle" Jim and Mary Aiken. [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Manly, Alex
by Miller, Daniel R. Alex Manly, black newspaper editor and Republican party leader in Wilmington, published the Wilmington Daily Record, which described itself as "the only negro daily in the world." The Record covered [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Manly, Alex
by Hill, Michael, Umfleet, LeRae. Alex Manly was born near Raleigh in 1866. Family tradition maintains that his father was Charles Manly, who served as governor of North Carolina from 1849 to 1851. There is some confusion about [...] (from NC Office of Archives and History.)
McCoy, Eddie: Write-Off Kids
by Cecelski, David S. Eddie McCoy stands at the heart of historian Tim Tyson's stirring new memoir, "Blood Done Sign My Name." The book tells the heart-rending story of the 1970 racial murder of a black man named Henry [...] (from Listening to History, News and Observer.)
McGirt, James Ephraim
by Andrews, William L. James Ephraim McGirt, black poet, editor, and publisher, was born in Robeson County near the town of Lumberton. The son of Madison and Ellen Townsend McGirt, he grew up on the family farm and was [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
McKoy, Millie-Christine
by Umfleet, LeRae. Millie-Christine McKoy by LeRae Umfleet Research Branch, NC Office of Archives and [...] (from Research Branch, NC Office of Archives and History.)
Mebane, George Allen
by Kenzer, Robert C. George Allen Mebane, black educator, legislator, editor, businessman, and writer, was born at the Hermitage in Bertie County of slave parents. His father was Allen Mebane. Nothing is known of his [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Melbourn, Julius
by Murray, Elizabeth Davis Reid. Julius Melbourn, said to have been born on 4 July 1790 in Wake County, was apparently a fictitious character invented to perpetrate a literary hoax. In 1847 the firm of Hall and Dickson in Syracuse, [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Merrick, John
by Weare, Walter B. John Merrick, black businessman, community leader, and founder of the North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company, was born in Sampson County, the son of a slave mother; his father is unknown. At [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Mitchell, John W.
by Stewart, James. Mitchell, John William By James Stewart, NCSU Libraries, 2015 Originally published as "Life of An Extension Agent: John W. Mitchell," Special Collections News, NCSU Libraries, [...] (from NCSU Libraries.)
Moore, Aaron McDuffie
by Weare, Walter B. Aaron McDuffie Moore, black physician, businessman, and humanitarian, was born in Columbus County. His parents belonged to the third generation of Negro-Indian-Caucasian families who had owned land [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Moore, Peter Weddick
by Ingram, Charles. Peter Weddick Moore, educator, was born near Faison in Duplin County, the son of Weddick and Alecy Thompson Moore, both slaves. His father allegedly was killed by the Ku Klux Klan during [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Moore, William John
by Powell, William S. Moore, William John by William S. Powell, 1991 4 Apr. 1837–post-1901 See also:  African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church (from the Encyclopedia of North Carolina); African Methodist [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Moses, Athenia: Standing Up For The Things We Believed
by Cecelski, David S. Athenia Moses will soon be honored by the Goldsboro-Wayne County branch of the NAACP for something that she did more than half a century ago. At a banquet on Feb. 11, the NAACP will recognize her and [...] (from Listening to History, News and Observer.)
Nina Simone: Putting Soul into the Protest
by Davis, Sarajanee. Simone, Nina Putting Soul into The Protest By Sarajanee Davis, N.C. Government & Heritage Library, 2019From the NCpedia K-8 Collection February 21, 1933-April 21, [...] (from NCpedia K-8 Collection.)
O'Hara, James Edward
by Elmore, Joseph E. James Edward O'Hara, congressman, Halifax county commissioner, black politician, educator, and lawyer, was born in New York City, the son of an Irish seaman and a West Indian woman. At age six, he [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
O'Kelly, Berry
by Murray, Elizabeth Davis Reid. O'Kelly, Berry by Elizabeth Davis Reid Murray, 1991 ca. 1861–14 Mar. 1931 Berry O'Kelly, merchant, [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Oxley, Lawrence Augustus
by Bell, John L., Jr. Lawrence Augustus Oxley, social worker and civil servant, was born in Boston, Mass., the son of William Junius Brutus and Alice Agatha Martin Oxley. His parents sent him to Prospect Union Preparatory [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Parker, Kellis Earl
by Carrier, Sarah. Lenoir County native Kellis Earl Parker, an accomplished lawyer, activist, scholar, and musician, was born January 13, 1942 in Kinston, North Carolina. In addition to his distinguished career, Parker [...] (from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Libraries.)
Parker, Maceo: These Kids are Fantastic
by Cecelski, David S. Maceo Parker: These Kids are Fantastic by David Cecelski. "Listening to History," News & Observer. Published 6/13/2004. Copyrighted. Reprinted with permission. See also Maceo and [...] (from Listening to History, News and Observer.)
Pauli Murray: Perseverance & Power
by Agan, Kelly, Davis, Sarajanee. Murray, Pauli Individual perseverance and community power By Sarajanee Davis and Kelly Agan, N.C.Government & Heritage Library, 2020 From the NCpedia K-8 Collection November 20, [...] (from NCpedia K-8 Collection.)
Perkins, Delia: The Waters Came Down
by Cecelski, David S. I met Mayor Delia Perkins at the town hall of Princeville, a historic little town next to the Tar River, 70 miles east of Raleigh. Founded by former slaves in 1865, Princeville was the first town in [...] (from Listening to History, News and Observer.)
Perry, Samuel L.
by Uzzell, Odell. Perry, Samuel L. by Odell Uzzell, 1994 Related Entries: African American; Civil Rights; Transportation; Exodusters b. 1849 Samuel L. Perry, teacher and civil rights activist, resided in [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Phonte
by Eckard, Max. Phonte by Max Eckard, 2012. Years active: 1998-present "I do this all for hip-hop!/ I'm lying...I do this...for my...mortgage...for my [...] (from NCpedia.)
Pollard, John Henry Mingo
by London, Lawrence F. John Henry Mingo Pollard, Episcopal clergyman, was born in Lunenburg County, Va. He read for orders in Petersburg, Va., under the direction of the Reverend Giles B. Cooke, John D. Keiley, and the [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Powell, Sallie: Determined To Teach
by Cecelski, David S. I visited Sallie Powell in Elizabethtown, in Bladen County, in the state's southeast corner. In the era of segregated schooling, she was one of a remarkable generation of African-American teachers [...] (from Listening to History, News and Observer.)
Powell, Sallie: Mr. Dewitt's Lake
by Cecelski, David S. I visited Sallie Powell in Elizabethtown to learn about an all-but-forgotten landmark of African-American history: the swimming beaches and campground at Jones Lake. Created in 1939, Jones Lake State [...] (from Listening to History, News and Observer.)
Price, Joseph Charles
by Inscoe, John C. Price, Joseph Charles by John Inscoe, 1994 Related Entries: Civil Rights; Civil War; African American; Historically Black Colleges and Universities 10 Feb. 1854–25 Oct. 1893 Joseph [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Revels, Hiram Rhoades
by Case, Steven. Hiram Revels was born in Fayetteville, North Carolina, in approximately 1827 (the 1850 Census lists “about 1825”), but an exact birthplace has not been identified. He was born to free parents of [...] (from Government & Heritage Library, State Library of North Carolina.)
Richardson, Willis
by McIntyre, Pattie B. Willis Richardson, playwright, was born in Wilmington, the son of Willis Wilder and Agnes Ann Harper Richardson. After the riot of 1898, he moved with his parents from Wilmington to Washington, D.C. [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Roach, Max
by Franke, Matthew. Maxwell Lemuel Roach was easily one of the most influential jazz drummers of the twentieth century. He was an innovative bandleader who participated in ensembles which pioneered both bebop and cool [...] (from NCpedia.)
Robbins, Parker David
by Powell, William S. Parker David Robbins, soldier, legislator, and inventor, was born in Bertie County, the son of John A. Robbins; his mother's name is unknown. A mulatto with Chowan Indian ancestors, Robbins was [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Rush, Christopher
by Carroll, Grady L. E., Sr. Christopher Rush, second superintendent (a title later changed to bishop) of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church and a full-blooded African, was born a slave in Craven County. Whether he was [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Said, Omar
by Parramore, Thomas C. Omar Ibn Said, a slave and Arabic scholar, was born in Futa Toro (now a part of the Republic of Senegal) of an aristocratic Moslem family. Educated in Koranic schools, he was a teacher and tradesman [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Sanders, Bunny: Serpents and Doves
by Cecelski, David S. Elmer Vanray "E.V." Wilkins was a legendary educator and black political leader in Roper, in Washington County. I recently visited with his daughter, Bunny Sanders, to learn more about his life and [...] (from Listening to History, News and Observer.)
Sanders, Daniel Jackson
by Massey, R. A., Jr. Daniel Jackson Sanders, Presbyterian clergyman, editor, and educator, one of five children of William and Laura Sanders, was born a slave near Winnsboro, S.C. His mother was owned by the Reverend [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Scruggs, Lawson Andrew
by Murray, Elizabeth Reid. Scruggs, Lawson Andrew by Elizabeth Reid Murray, 1994 Related Entries: African American; Civil Rights; Historically Black Colleges 15 Jan. 1857–1914 Lawson Andrew Scruggs, physician, [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Seabrook, James Ward
by Burns, Augustus M., III. Seabrook, James Ward by A. M. Burns III, 1994 Related Entries: Historically Black Colleges; Civil Rights 6 Nov. 1886–26 Mar. 1974 James Ward Seabrook, educator, college president, leader [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Shaw, Herbert Bell
by Carroll, Grady L. E., Sr. Herbert Bell Shaw, bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, was born in Wilmington, the son of John Henry and Lummie Virginia Hodges Shaw. He was named for the Reverend Herbert Bell, [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Shaw, Judith: Railroad Street
by Cecelski, David S. Judith Shaw was born and raised in New York City, but every summer of her childhood she visited her father's hometown of La Grange, 75 miles east of Raleigh. She loved the little town that calls [...] (from Listening to History, News and Observer.)
Shepard, James Edward
by Eagles, Charles W. James Edward Shepard, college president, was the oldest of twelve children born in Raleigh to the Reverend Augustus and Hattie Whitted Shepard. He attended the public schools of Raleigh before [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Sheridan, Louis
by Powell, William S. Louis Sheridan, farmer, free black merchant, and Liberian official, was probably the Louis Sheridan mentioned in the 1800 will of Joseph R. Gautier (d. 15 May 1807), Elizabethtown merchant, as the [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Simone, Nina
by Franke, Matthew. The artist who would come to be known across the world as Nina Simone was born Eunice Kathleen Waymon on February 21, 1933, in Tryon, North Carolina in Polk County. She was the sixth of eight [...] (from NCpedia.)
Slade, James: People That Do Right
by Cecelski, David S. Dr. James Slade is the sort of impossibly old-fashioned doctor who still makes house calls and has never thought about joining an HMO. For 35 years he has been practicing pediatrics and general [...] (from Listening to History, News and Observer.)
Smith, Ezekiel Ezra
by Reidinger, Martin. Smith, Ezekiel Ezra by Martin Reidinger, 1994 23 May 1852–6 Dec. 1933 Ezekiel Ezra Smith, educator and diplomat, the son of free blacks Alexander and Caroline Smith, was born in [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Smith, Isaac Hughes
by Massengill, Stephen E. Isaac Hughes Smith, black legislator, realtor, and philanthropist, was born in the Craven County area, the son of Thomas and Harriet Smith, both natives of North Carolina. Little is known about his [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Smith, Owen Lun West
by Johnston, Hugh Buckner, Eagles, Brenda Marks. Owen Lun West Smith, U.S. minister to Liberia and Methodist leader, was born in Giddensville, Sampson County, the son of Ollen and Maria Hicks Smith, both of African descent. As a youth he served as [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Spaulding, Asa Timothy
by Powell, William S. Asa Timothy Spaulding, insurance company executive, was born in Columbus County, the son of Armstead and Annie Belle Lowery Spaulding. He attended the National Training School of Howard University, [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Spaulding, Charles Clinton
by Weare, Walter B. Charles Clinton Spaulding, black businessman and community leader, was born in Columbus County to parents descended from a long-standing community of free Negro landholders in the area. A family oral [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Spaulding, Charles Clinton
by Stocker, Emmanuel. Spaulding, Charles Clinton By Emmanuel Stocker, North Carolina State University, 2013 August 1, 1874- August 1, [...] (from NCpedia.)
Stith, Don: The Smoke Eaters of Warrenton
by Cecelski, David S. I interviewed Don Stith at the old firehouse in Warrenton, about 60 miles northeast of Raleigh. He is straight talking, brash, always moving. Above all, he is dedicated to volunteer firefighting -- [...] (from Listening to History, News and Observer.)
Strayhorn, William (Billy) Thomas
by Sanford, Mary Pettis. William Thomas Strayhorn, African American jazz musician, came from families (Strayhorns, Youngs, and Craigs) established in Hillsborough for generations; there seems to be some evidence of West [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Taylor, Robert Robinson
by Powell, William S. Robert Robinson Taylor, architect, was born in Wilmington, the son of Henry, a wealthy mulatto house carpenter, and Emilie Taylor, also mulatto. His father later was described as an able black [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Terrell, Saunders
by Bastin, Bruce. Terrell, Saunders (Sonny Terry) by Bruce Bastin, 1994 Related Entries: African American; Music; Allen Fulton; Gary Davis 24 Oct. 1911–11 Mar. 1986 Saunders (Sonny Terry) Terrell, blind [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Thomas Day: Fine-Crafted Freedom
by Davis, Sarajanee. Day, Thomas  Fine-Crafted Freedom By Sarajanee Davis, N.C. Government & Heritage Library, 2019 From the NCpedia K-8 Collection Ca. 1801-1861 Do you have a favorite piece of [...] (from NCpedia K-8 Collection.)
Thorpe, Earlie Endris
by Powell, William S. Thorpe, Earlie Endris by William S. Powell, 1994 Related Entries: Historically Black Universities and Colleges; Civil Rights; African American 9 Nov. 1924–30 Jan. 1989 Earlie [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Tomlinson, Mel A.: Rubber-Band Man
by Cecelski, David S. Mel A. Tomlinson was one of America's most brilliant dancers in the 1970s and '80s. Raised in Raleigh's Chavis Heights public housing project, he became a star in Agnes de Mille's Heritage Theater, [...] (from Listening to History, News and Observer.)
Turner, Benjamin Sterling
by Stewart, Alva W. Benjamin Sterling Turner, Alabama congressman during Reconstruction, was born near Weldon, Halifax County, of unknown parents. A slave, he moved to Selma, Ala., with his master in 1830. Although he [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Vann, Robert Lee
by Eagles, Charles W. Robert Lee Vann, newspaper editor, was born in Ahoskie to Lucy Peoples, who named him for his great-grandfather, Robert Lee, and for her first employer, Albert Vann. His father is unknown. At age six [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Walden, Islay
by Jackson, Blyden. Islay Walden, black poet and Congregational minister, was born in Randolph County, the son of a slave named Ruth belonging to James Gardner. At Gardner's death in 1843 Ruth and her two children were [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Walker, David
by Inscoe, John C. David Walker, black author of an incendiary antislavery pamphlet, was born in Wilmington to a free mother and a slave father who died before his birth. Despite his free status inherited from his [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Walls, William Jacob
by Carroll, Grady L. E., Sr. Walls, William Jacob by Grady L. E. Carroll, 1994 Related Entries: African American 8 May 1885–23 Apr. 1975 William Jacob Walls, Methodist clergyman, editor, and author, was born at [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Wheeler, John Hervey
by Weare, Walter B. John Harvey Wheeler, black businessman and civil rights leader, was born in Kittrell on the campus of Kittrell College, an African Methodist Episcopal church school of which his father was president. [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
White, George Henry
by Schenck, William Z. White, George Henry by William Z. Schenck, 1994 Related Entries: Legislative Branch; African Americans 18 Dec. 1852–28 Dec. 1918 George Henry White, lawyer, legislator, congressman, and [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
White, George Henry
by Thompson, Taylor. Have you ever been in a situation where people around you were being treated unfairly?  Did you want to do something about it? George Henry White found himself in the same situation. He wanted [...] (from NCpedia K-8 Collection.)
Whitney, Rene: So Many Blessings
by Cecelski, David S. I visited Rene Whitney at her home in Delta City, 20 miles northeast of little Washington. At 85 years old, she remembers when the community was not much more than a dusty, windswept field workers' [...] (from Listening to History, News and Observer.)
Wiggins, Ella May
by Frederickson, Mary E. Ella May Wiggins, textile worker, balladier, and union organizer, was born in the mountains of Cherokee County, near Bryson City, the daughter of James and Elizabeth Maples May. Her father, a [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
William McBrayer
by Wegner, Ansley Herring. William McBrayer by Ansley Wegner Research Branch, NC Office of Archives and History, [...] (from Research Branch, NC Office of Archives and History.)
Williams, John Taylor
by Powell, William S. John Taylor Williams, educator, physician, and businessman, was born in the northern part of Cumberland County, the son of free black parents, Peter Williams, a successful lumberman, and Flora Ann [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Williams, Mabel: Standing Up To The Klan
by Cecelski, David S. I interviewed Mabel Williams two years after her legendary husband's death. They both grew up in Monroe at a time when lynchings were common and many things that we take for granted were marked [...] (from Listening to History, News and Observer.)
Williams, Robert Franklin
by Agan, Kelly, Scott, Jordan. Williams, Robert Franklin by Jordan Scott and Kelly Agan, Government & Heritage Library, 2019. 26 Feb. 1925-15 Oct. 1996 Robert F. Williams was an American [...] (from Government & Heritage Library, State Library of North Carolina.)
Williams, Willis: Life And Death At Devils Gut
by Cecelski, David S. In September of 1957, a Martin County teenager named Willis Williams had the courage to tell the truth about the death of an African-American college student named Joe Cross. His story shocked North [...] (from Listening to History, News and Observer.)
Williams-King, Alethea: The Widow's Mite
by Cecelski, David S. When Alethea Williams-King moved to Blounts Creek, she was impressed how deeply her neighbors cared for an old plank building that used to be the community school. It was the Ware Creek Rosenwald [...] (from Listening to History, News and Observer.)
Wimberly, Dred
by Macfie, John. Dred Wimberly, member of the General Assembly, was born at Walnut Plantation near Tarboro, where he was raised and worked in the fields of James S. Battle prior to the Civil War. In 1865 Kemp Plummer [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Woodward, Sara Griffith Stanley
by Powell, William S. Woodward, Sara Griffith Stanley by William S. Powell, 1994 Related Entries: African American 1836–1918 Sara Griffith Stanley Woodward, anti-slavery activist and teacher and one of the [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Work, Monroe Nathan
by Johnson, E. D. Monroe Nathan Work, bibliographer and historian, was born in Iredell County, the son of Alexander and Eliza Hobbs Work, both slaves until the end of the Civil War. He was the youngest of eleven [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Wright, Marion Allen
by Copeland, J. Isaac. Wright, Marion Allen by J. Isaac Copeland, 1996 18 Jan. 1894–14 Feb. 1983 Marion Allen Wright, attorney, citizen of the two Carolinas, and firm supporter of civil rights, was born in [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Yergan, Max
by Boykin, James H. Max Yergan, world religious leader, educator, reformer, and consultant on African affairs, was born in Raleigh, the son of Lizzie Yergan and the grandson of Fred Yergan, a slave and apprentice [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Young, Allen Lawrence
by Murray, Elizabeth Reid. Allen Lawrence Young, community leader, educator, and founder of the Wake Forest Normal and Industrial School for Negroes (1905–57), was born in northern Wake County, the eldest of ten children of [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Young, James Hunter
by Gatewood, Willard B., Jr. James Hunter Young, politician, editor, businessman, and racial spokesman, was born near Henderson. His mother was a slave belonging to Captain D. E. Young, and his father was "a prominent white man [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
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