James A. Felton and Annie Vaughan Felton papers, 1938-2000.

Creator: Felton, James A. and Annie Vaughan.
Collection number: 5161
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Abstract: James A. Felton was an author, teacher, counselor, and civic leader in Hertford County, N.C. In the 1960s, he was a founder of the People’s Program on Poverty, an African American organization created to study and fight poverty on the grass-roots level in northeastern North Carolina. Felton was also instrumental in the restoration and establishment of the C. S. Brown Regional Cultural Arts Center and Museum, which opened in Winton, N.C., in 1986. In 1947, Felton married Annie Vaughan. Correspondence; programs for meetings and events held by educational, religious, and civic organizations; and newspaper clippings describing James A. Felton’s civic contributions in Hertford County, N.C. Best documented are activities related to the C. S. Brown Regional Cultural Arts Center and Museum in Winton, N.C., and the People’s Program on Poverty.Also included are a short biography of Annie Vaughan Felton and some materials that she collected after her husband’s death. Photographs show James A. Felton throughout his adult life with his family, his colleagues, and his students at the Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers Training Center.

Repository: Southern Historical Collection

Collection Highlights: This collection includes a lot of documentation about James Felton’s activism and work in the community, particularly on the People’s Program on Poverty (Folder 9). There is also a video documenting the C.S. Brown Cultural Arts Center.

The photographs document James and Annie Felton’s family life as well as his work in the community as well as with the Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers Training Center. There is also a photograph of James Felton while he was a marine at Montford Point in the 1940s at Camp Lejune in North Carolina.