North Carolina

The Lumbees and the Road to Recognition

RALEIGH, NC Feb. 10, 2014 – On February 10, 1885, the Indians now known as Lumbees were legally recognized by the General Assembly. The act designated the tribe as Croatan, which reflected the idea from the time that the group was descended from the settlers of the “Lost Colony.” For […]

UNC’s Star Guard Phil Ford

RALEIGH, NC Feb. 9, 2014 – On February 9, 1956, basketball legend Phil Ford was born in Kannapolis. Ford was raised in Rocky Mount, where he graduated from high school in 1974. As a point guard at UNC-Chapel Hill, he led the basketball team to four NCAA tournaments. Ford’s accolades […]

Merci Train, Symbol of Franco-American Friendship

RALEIGH, NC Feb. 8, 2014 – On February 8, 1949, North Carolina’s Merci Train car, filled with gifts of gratitude from French citizens, arrived in Raleigh. The French train, with 49 cars—one for each state at the time, plus one for Washington, D. C. and the territory of Hawaii to […]

OneRepublic brings “Native” tour to North Carolina

  Fort Ann, NY, Feb. 7, 2014– OneRepublic and their 2014 “Native Summer Tour” have announced the addition of two North Carolina dates, one at Walnut Creek Amphitheatre in Raleigh on August 13 and another at PNC Music Pavilion in Charlotte on August 14.  The band originally hails from Colorado Springs, […]

Battle of Roanoke Island Commenced, 1862

RALEIGH, NC Feb. 7, 2014 – On February 7, 1862, Federal ships bombarded Fort Bartow, part of the Confederate defenses on Roanoke Island. One of three Confederate earthen forts on the west side of the island, Fort Bartow mounted nine guns. The other two garrisons were Fort Huger and Fort Blanchard, The […]

Swain County’s “Road to Nowhere”

RALEIGH, NC Feb. 6, 2014 – On February 6, 2010, Swain County’s six-mile “Road to Nowhere” was officially abandoned by the federal government. The road—called Lakeview Drive—dates back to the 1940s when the federal government and the Tennessee Valley Authority took over land in Swain and Graham Counties and flooded […]

William C. Lee, Maverick and “Father of the Airborne”

RALEIGH, NC Feb. 5, 2014 – On February 5, 1944, William Carey Lee, the “Father of the Airborne,” suffered a heart attack that ended his military career. Born in Dunn in 1895, he volunteered for the United States Army during World War I. After the war, he remained in the […]

Annie O’Berry, New Deal Administrator

RALEIGH, NC Feb. 4, 2014 – On February 4, 1944, Annie Land O’Berry, administrator of the North Carolina Emergency Relief Administration , or NCERA, and president of the Rural Rehabilitation Corporation, died while undergoing treatment for an illness. Born in Edgecombe County in 1885, she lived on the family farm […]