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On this day in 1983: Deneen Zezell Graham, a 19-year-old dancer from North Wilkesboro, becomes the first black Miss North Carolina. Here’s what Graham — now Graham-Kerns — is doing these days.  

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“In 1961, Miss North Carolina, Maria Beale Fletcher, was named Miss America. A former A-student in high school, Maria was also the daughter of professional dancers and had been a Rockette herself. After winning the title she expressed an interest in opening up a dancing school rather than going to college. The possibility so appalled […]

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As Jack noted in his comments on Margaret “Mug” Richardson, the archives yield scant information on early Miss North Carolinas. According to contemporary news accounts, the first Miss North Carolina was crowned at Wrightsville Beach in 1933, and later she is pictured in a lineup of contestants in Atlantic City. But Leola Councilman of Sanford […]

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