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“The first documented use of the name Hayti in Durham is found in a deed of 1877 in which a lot was sold ‘near the town of Durham in the settlement of colored people in the South East end of the corporation of said town known as of Hayti.’ “The origin of the name in […]

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A longtime NC Collection researcher sent me an email recently pointing out that North Carolina’s “isothermal belts” would be a great topic for the Miscellany blog. Ever heard of them? I had, but I couldn’t come up with a good definition, so I consulted William Powell’s Encyclopedia of North Carolina. Here’s what it had to […]

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“[In 1975 Willie Nelson] pushed all his chips to the center of the table. The bet was on cowboy mythic, based on the song made popular by Arthur ‘Guitar Boogie’  Smith, the Charlotte, North Carolina, singer and pioneering country music television star in the early 1950s. “It was the same song Willie used to sing […]

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NC’s Own Lil’ Wayne

A while back we uploaded a postcard of Little Wayne Hass.  The card was printed from one of Hugh Morton’s photos, and the caption mentions that Hass was “Featured with Arthur Smith & Crackerjacks WBTV-WBT-MGM Records.”  (And yes, this is the Arthur Smith that wrote the dueling banjos theme that was ripped off in the […]

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On this day in 1862: Private D.L. Day, Co. B, 25th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, writes in his diary at Hatteras Inlet: “A schooner came alongside today and left us rations of steamed pork, hardtack and condensed sea water. This was a very timely arrival as we have been very short of water for two or […]

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This guy is high up in the running for North Carolina’s most notorious character. Born near Concord in 1879, Means died a guest of the federal government in prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, in 1938. He once bragged that he had been accused of every felony in the book, including murder. At one time he […]

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100 Years of UNC Basketball

UNC-Chapel Hill celebrates 100 years of basketball this year. I found this photo in the 1911 Yackety Yack, the student yearbook, showing the first varsity “Basket Ball Squad.” There wasn’t anything else about them in the yearbook – no comments, no scores, not even a list of their names. UNC was still very much a […]

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On this day in 1977: Wilmington-born Charlie Daniels joins the more traditional Guy Lombardo at Jimmy Carter’s inaugural ball. Two years later the Charlie Daniels Band will hit No. 1 on both country and rock charts with the fiddle tour de force “The Devil Went Down to Georgia.” Pictured: A CDB crew member’s security tag […]

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“The little town of Monroe [Georgia], where I spent my 14th summer, seemed miles from everywhere….It was there one morning that my older cousin gave me ‘Look Homeward, Angel’ by Thomas Wolfe and insisted that I begin reading immediately. “Four hours later, at the height of the afternoon heat, I let go the book, hands […]

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We recently found the following item in The Hellenian, an early UNC student yearbook, from 1894. Although I don’t chew or dip tobacco, I think a nice brass cuspidor is what this place is missing.

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