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Caption: “Dipping crude turpentine, Sampson Co., N.C.” P1-82-T957 From the files of the North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives.

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On this day in 1931: The world’s only actual-size replica of the Parthenon, constructed in Nashville in 1896 to celebrate the Tennessee centennial, reopens after extensive renovation and additions. Newly depicted on a pediment is eight-year-old Randall Jarrell, who posed for the sculpture of Gunymede, cupbearer to the gods. Reads the inscription, signed by the […]

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The results are in…and the Blue Ridge Parkway is North Carolina’s top natural wonder according to Land For Tomorrow’s recent contest. Read more about it at: Blue Ridge Parkway is N.C.’s top natural wonder

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Named “Areas” At UNC?

UNC Trivia questions…. 1. What is the grassy area between Stacy, Everett, Lewis, Graham, and Aycock Dormitories called? 2. How about the grassy area between Ruffin, Mangum, Manly, and Grimes Dormitories? 3. How about the grassy area between Manning, Murphey, and Saunders Halls?

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Whatever your opinion of the long-disputed Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence, this  bronze-clad sculpture of deliveryman Captain James Jack is  quite a piece of advocacy art. I can think of two other examples of equestrian statues in North Carolina: Gen. Nathanael Greene in Greensboro and R. J. Reynolds in Winston-Salem. Are there more?

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A recent comment by Jack Hilliard mentioned that the Co-Ed Rifle Team was pictured in the 1934 Yackety Yack. I went looking through the handy online version of the yearbook and found this excellent photo:

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“[My arrival in Robbinsville] became a news flash, received about the way a raiding party from outer space would be. “Most perplexing was the number of people I tried to tell about my walk across America who wouldn’t believe me. Most thought it was a clever city-boy trick to cover up drug dealing…. Now I understood how people felt in […]

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Do any Carolina grads out there remember “Bingham X” and “Bingham Y”? See the map above from 1958. I have to admit that I don’t know anything about these buildings, so if you have any recollection of them, please share with us on the blog. While we are at it how about a rifle range […]

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“The year in Raleigh [1930, playing in the Class C Piedmont League] was an experience. At first I didn’t fit in.  I encountered more curiosity than hostility. My teammates were a bunch of farm boys, and I was a big, ungainly kid from the city. One day I was standing on the field when I […]

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Death noted: Asheville native Jim Leeson, civil-rights-era journalist, May 3 in Franklin, Tenn. He was 79. The New York Times obit centers on his historically-invaluable taping of a 1951 radio broadcast describing the scene at a black man’s public execution in Laurel, Miss., but a fuller account of Leeson’s life can be found at A […]

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