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    • Henry Taylor

    • Free African Americans; Carpenters; African American businesspeople; African American freemasons.
    • Photograph of Henry Taylor, free African American. Henry Taylor (1823-1892) was a free African American man born in Fayetteville, NC. He moved to Wilmington, NC in 1850, where he worked as a carpenter. Family tradition says he worked on the...
    • Bishop Herbert Bell Shaw

    • Shaw, Herbert Bell, 1908-1980; African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church; African Americans--North Carolina--Wilmington
    • Photograph of Bishop Shaw standing at the altar of an African Methodist Episcopal Zion (A.M.E.Z) church. Bishop Herbert Bell Shaw (1908-1985) was born in Wilmington, NC and received his early education from local public schools. He later...
    • Mary Alice Jervay

    • African American Newspapers; African American women; African American--history
    • Photograph of Mary Alice Jervay. Mary Alice McNeill Jervay (1874-1948) was the wife of Robert Smith Jervay, who started a Wilmington weekly newspaper for African American readers in 1927 called "The Cape Fear Journal." She was originally a...
    • James Benson Dudley

    • African American educators; African American newspaper editors; African American freemasonry; Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- )
    • Studio portrait of James Dudley. James Benson Dudley (1859-1925)was born in Wilmington, NC, to John Bishop and Annie Hatch Dudley, who were slaves of Edward B. Dudley, Governor of North Carolina. He majored in elementary education at Shaw...
    • Hubert Eaton, Sr.

    • African American Physicians; Eaton, Hubert A. (Hubert Arthur), 1916-1991; African American tennis players; Segregation
    • Studio Portrait of Hubert Eaton, Sr. Hubert A. Eaton, Sr. (1916-1991) was born in Fayetteville, NC. He received his Bachelor of Science from Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte NC in 1937, and went on to the University of Michigan, where he...
    • The Rev. Gustave H. Caution

    • Episcopal Church; African American clergy; African American--History
    • Photograph of Rev. Gustave H. Caution. The Reverand Gustave Hamilton Caution (1898-1980) was the pastor for St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Wilmingto, NC in 1926. Under his tenure in 1928 the church was granted parish status by the Diocesan...
    • Summer Tutoring Program

    • African Methodist Episcopal Church; African American--History
    • Children participating in a summer tutorial program sponsored by St. Luke's A.M.E. Zion Church in 1970. St. Luke's A.M.E. Zion Church was started in 1865 as the first African Methodist Episcopal church in Wilmington, NC. Originally called...
    • Robert Chestnut and Edward Gibbs

    • African American Pilots
    • Post WWII African American flying school, Wilmington, Chestnut on left and Gibbs on right in picture. Edward Albertis Gibbs (1919-1969) was a civilian flight instructor in Tuskegee, Alabama during WWII. In 1947 he started the Atlantic School of...
    • James Loftin

    • African American cemeteries;African Americans--History
    • Photograph of James Loftin (Lofton?), probably at Pine Forest Cemetery. James Loftin is the Superintendent of Pine Forest Cemetery, a pre-Civil War African American cemetery in Wilmington, NC that is the final resting place of many notable African...
    • Madafo Lloyd Wilson

    • Storytellers; Griots; African American--History
    • Digital image of Madafo Lloyd Wilson telling a traditional African story. Lloyd Wilson (1947- ) was born in Wilmington, NC. He attended Williston High School where he was a member of the Glee Club. Wilson is renowned as a storyteller, musician,...
    • John A. Moore

    • Moore, John A.; African American architects
    • Head shot of John A. Moore. John A. Moore (1888-1939) was born in Rock Hill, NC. During his lifetime he worked as an architect, contractor, and carpenter. He worked in DC as an architect in the Supervising Architect's Office in the U.S....
    • Parker David Robbins

    • Free blacks; African American legislators; African American--History; Patents; Steamboats
    • Photograph of a watercolor portrait of Park David Robbins in his Union army uniform. Parker David Robbins (1834-1917) was born in Bertie County, NC and lived the last decades of his life in Magnolia, NC. He was a free African American in...
    • Irene Smalls

    • African American women; African American Authors; Children's authors; Jonkonnu (Festival)
    • Irene Smalls leading a music program for her book at the Main Library. Irene Smalls (1950- ) is an award-winning children's author. Her book "Irene Jennie and the Christmas Masquerade" describes an old holiday custom celebrated along the Cape...
    • Susan Wright Sampson Dudley

    • African American women; African American educators; African American--History; Women composers
    • Studio portrait of Susan Dudley. Susan Wright Sampson Dudley (1865-1933) was a teacher at the Peabody Free School in Wilmington, NC. She was the daughter of James D. Sampson and Minerva Kellogg Sampson. She married James Benson Dudley in 1882. ...
    • Bishop James Walker Hood

    • Hood, James Walker, 1831-1918; African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church
    • Black and white copy print of a drawing of Bishop Hood. James Walker Hood (1831-1918) was sent as a church Elder to do mission fieldwork in North Carolina. He was Assistant Superintendent of Public Instruction from 1868 to 1870, and he co-founded...
    • St. Mark's Episcopal Mission Church School

    • Church schools--United States; African American--History; African American educators
    • Photograph of teachers and students in front of St. Mark's Episcopal Church Mission School. The Mission School was founded in 1920 by Ethel Bernard. It was located at 719 Harnett Street, Wilmington, NC and overseen by the Rev. Edward S. Willett,...
    • Miss Carrie Lane

    • Centenarians; Educators; African American educators; YWCA; African American women
    • Newspaper photograph of Miss Carrie Lane at home. Carrie Lane (1872-1981) was the daughter of slaves. She graduated from Scotia Seminary School in Concord, NC, and taught school in Onslow and Robeson Counties. She spent 40 years teaching in New...
    • Walter Wiggins, Jr.

    • Wilmington (N.C.); African American men
    • Picture used with Mr. Wiggins' obituary in the Star-News. Walter Wiggins, Jr. (1924-2013) was born in Wilmington, NC, to Josephine and Walter Wiggins, Sr. He died at New Hanover Regional Medical Center and was buried in Greenlawn Memorial Garden.
    • Victoria Lofton

    • African American women--North Carolina
    • black and white photograph of Victoria Lofton. Victoria Lofton (nee Williams) (1883-1949) was a very active member of the Wilmington black community. She led the local branch of the United Order of Tents, a mutual aid society for the black...

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