The Southern Conference on Race Relations may be all but forgotten today. But one of its leaders considered the Durham meeting on a par with the gatherings of Boston patriots some 200 years before. This Month in History recalls the Oct. 20, 1942 event and the “Durham Manifesto” that it produced.
— New owner of abandoned Frying Pan Shoals Light Tower brings back first impression: “It smelled like 1964.”
— No casualties when antique cannonball dug from beach near Fort Caswell belatedly goes boom! (Unlike 1941, when two members of the Coast Artillery Corps at the antebellum Fort Macon suffered shrapnel wounds after rolling what they mistook for solid iron shot into a fireplace to use as andirons.)
— Collection of almost 700 ambrotypes and tintypes of Civil War-era soldiers donated to Library of Congress. Most are unnamed, few are Confederates and perhaps only one is a North Carolinian. All are painfully evocative.