North Carolina


RALEIGH, NC Feb. 19, 2014 – On February 19, 1925, the North Carolina House defeated the Poole anti-evolution resolution. The resolution, introduced by D. Scott Poole of Hoke County, proposed that it was harmful to the welfare of the citizens for “Darwinism or any other evolutionary hypotheses” to be taught […]

Poole Bill and Anti-Evolution Fervor


RALEIGH, NC Feb. 18, 2014 – On February 18, 1927, the General Assembly adopted “The Old North State” as North Carolina’s official state song. State Supreme Court Justice William Joseph Gaston of New Bern penned the song’s patriotic lyrics in the 1830s, when North Carolina was lagging economically behind its […]

“Witlings Defame Her”: William Gaston and “The Old North State”


RALEIGH, NC Feb. 17, 2014 – On February 17, 1970, Green Beret surgeon Captain Jeffrey MacDonald called the Fort Bragg military police. When they got to his apartment, the police found MacDonald injured and unconscious and his wife Colette, and their two daughters, Kimberly and Kristen, murdered. Once revived by […]

Jeffrey MacDonald and the 1970 Fort Bragg Murders



RALEIGH, NC Feb. 16, 2014 – On February 16, 1872, the infamous Lowrie Gang committed its last robbery. The daring raid netted $28,000. Days later, Henry Berry Lowrie, the leader of the band, disappeared and launched himself into North Carolina legend. During the Civil War, Lowrie and his brothers—all Lumbee Indians—hid out […]

The Lowrie Gang of Robeson County, Agents of Vengeance


RALEIGH, NC Feb. 15, 2014 – On February 15, 1898, Charles L. Abernathy, editor of the Beaufort Herald-Dispatch, wrote to U. S. Senator Marion Butler to point out that North Carolina’s Fort Macon was “in a dilapidated condition with a lone sentry in charge of it.” “In the event of a naval engagement, [it] […]

Fort Macon Garrisoned for Spanish-American War


RALEIGH, NC Feb. 14, 2014 – On February 14, 1943, saxophonist Maceo Parker was born in Kinston. Perhaps best known for his work with James Brown, his percussive rhythmic style brought funk to the soul music of the James Brown Band. For nearly 20 years, Brown’s call “Maceo, I want […]

Maceo Parker of Kinston Brought the Funk



RALEIGH, NC Feb. 13, 2014 – On February 13, 1941, Piedmont Blues musician “Blind Boy Fuller” died in Durham. Fuller was famous for playing a steel-bodied National guitar that was a natural resonator before amplification. Along with Reverend Gary Davis, Fuller dominated the Bull City’s blues scene, attracting and influencing […]

Blind Boy Fuller of Durham, Blues Master


RALEIGH, NC Feb. 12, 2014 – On February 12, 1795, Hinton James became the first student to enter the University of North Carolina. James, who had walked to Chapel Hill from his home in New Hanover County, was the only student for the first two weeks of the school year. […]

Hinton James: First Student at University of North Carolina in ...


RALEIGH, NC Feb. 11, 2014 – On February 11, 1813, fugitive slave, writer and abolitionist Harriet Jacobs was born in Edenton. Jacobs spent her childhood unaware of her station in life but, when her white mistress, Margaret Horniblow, died in 1825, she and her brother John were willed to Horniblow’s 3-year-old niece, […]

Harriet Jacobs of Edenton and Her Compelling Life Story



Fort Ann, NY, February 10, 2014-On January 24th, 1920, the UNC Tarheels beat the Duke Blue Devils 36-25 in their first basketball matchup.  The rivalry between two of what are, arguably, some of the biggest powerhouses in ACC and NCAA basketball, has only grown deeper since then.  UNC leads the […]

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