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A faithful NCM reader pointed out this digital project created by the North Carolina State Library: Up & Out: Urban Development in North Carolina The site “houses around 500 documents created throughout the 1960s that speak to future town planning and urban development of North Carolina counties, cities, neighborhoods, and lakes.” They will be adding […]

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“In North Carolina, the crimes of murder, arson, burglary and rape are punishable by death. Fourteen-year-old Negro Ernest Brooks committed two of them. One night he broke into a Wilmington home, raped a woman eight months pregnant. Caught the next day, Negro Brooks confessed, was sentenced to death. “Last week Governor R. Gregg Cherry commuted […]

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Until recently I knew only about Charlotte’s Brooklyn neighborhood, not about Raleigh’s or Wilmington’s. Is this nomencluster anything more than coincidence? Does the name appear elsewhere in North Carolina? (If so, it avoided Michael Hill’s exhaustive expansion of the Gazetteer.) The Brooklyn (New York) Public Library offers this entertaining look at its “Brooklyn (non New […]

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Can anyone identify this famous North Carolinian? Here are two clues: the photo shown here is from the 1959 Pine Burr, the Campbell College yearbook, and the subject of the photo went on to write a book called Me and the Spitter: An Autobiographical Confession. Learn the answer to this question (and much more!) on […]

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The UNC Photo Lab collection in the Photographic Archives includes over 3,000 pictures of Carolina Playmakers productions from 1946-1984, a rich visual history of Southern theater.

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– NPR discovers the struggle over how to pronounce Lejeune. – Cache of Outer Banks photos, circa 1900, includes rare shot of Kitty Hawk weather bureau. – Downtown Wilmington landmark is on the move. – Score one for preservation: New role planned for outmoded but still handsome¬† Yadkin River bridge, opened in 1924. – Should […]

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I just got back from a vacation, but I’m ready to head back to the beach and take part in this: Climbing the Cape Lookout Lighthouse I’ve been to this lighthouse several times before, but never inside of it. If you go (or have already been), please let us know about it.

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This month, Documenting the American South highlights the historical development of railroads in North Carolina, beginning with several key events in 1828. Check it out at: Railroads in North Carolina

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“During a rain delay in a [1997] game against the Phillies, a security guard approached me on the bench. ‘There is someone here to see you,’ he said…. “I took one step toward the locker room, and there was Michael Jordan. Yes, that Michael Jordan. “Three years earlier, during the one season Jordan played professional […]

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– North Carolina’s infamously swiped copy of the Declaration of Independence, which rated a chapter in “Priceless: How I Went Undercover to Rescue the World’s Stolen Treasures,” graduates to a whole book in “Lost Rights: The Misadventures of a Stolen American Relic.” (Coming soon, a major motion picture?) – UNC Chapel Hill historian Marcie Cohen […]

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