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    • Boys Home, Lake Waccamaw, NC (2)

    • abused, neglected, children, Columbus County
    • Shawn Youmans uses a tractor to mow the grass beneath the pecan trees at the NC Boys Home at Lake Waccamaw. Shawn spent 4 years there as a boy, and now has a summer job there before returning to college.
    • CSX Tanker Derailment

    • Accidents, hazardous materials, New Hanover County, NC
    • Sas, Inc., Csx Transportation Inc. and the New Hanover County officials along with the S. Wilmington Volunteer Fire Dept. responded to a tanker derailment near the SAS business on HWY 421 N. The accident happened late morning. The tankers were...
    • John Aaron Orrell

    • Accounting; Standard Oil Company; County government
    • Portrait of John Aaron Orell. John Aaron Orell (1875-1950) was born in Wilmington, NC. At a very early age, Orell began working for Acme Manufacturing Company and then for Standard Oil Company. While with Standard Oil, he also began to study...
    • William Alexander Whitehead

    • Actor
    • This image is a portrait of William Whitehead taken by Luigi Luccioni, courtesty of Ferargil Gallery in New York City. William Alexander Whitehead was born on July 30, 1908 in Wilmington, NC. He was the son of William Grant and Lita Larkins....
    • Beverly Skinner

    • Actresses
    • Photograph of Beverly Skinner at the Gala Opening of "Isabella," a musical by Dr. R. V. Fulk of Wilmington, NC. Beverly Skinner (1944- ) is a Wilmington local who was a Story Lady for the Growing Readers Project in the late 1990s-early 2000s. The...
    • Sadie Plunkitt Vick

    • Actresses; Musical theater
    • Photograph of Sara Ann Plunkitt Vick. Sara Ann "Sadie" Plunkitt (1873-1957) was born in Manhattan, NY. She grew up in Manhattan and was a member of "The Belle of New York" theatrical company. She performed with the company in numerous productions...
    • Rev. Adrian Shepard

    • Advent Christian Church
    • A photograph of Rev. Adrian Shepard for a newspaper column profiling local ministers. The Rev. Adrian Shepard (1937- ) was born in Wilmington, NC. He was the minister of United Advent Christian Church in Wilmington in 1987, and served as the...
    • Percy West Wells

    • Aerialists; Motion picture theaters
    • Advertisement for Percy Wells as "The Great Percino" in a trapeze entertainment show. Percy Weston Wells (1880-?) arrived in Wilmington, NC with his family in 1895. Percy dreamed of becoming an aerialist, and he found success as a trapeze...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • Clyde Simmons

    • African American football players; Philadelphia Eagles (football team)
    • Head shot of Clyde Simmons. Clyde Simmons (1964- ) was born in Lane, SC. He went to New Hanover High School in Wilmington, NC and graduated from Western Carolina University. He was a 9th round draft pick for the Philadelphia Eagles in 1986 as a...
    • Jessie McNeil

    • African American men
    • Photograph of Jessie McNeil. Jessie McNeil (1911-2002) was a resident of Wilmington, NC, and was married to Wilbert McNeil (1915-1981).
    • Levy Odel Gaillard

    • African American music teachers; Brunswick County (N.C.); New Hanover County (N.C.)
    • Photograph of Levy Odel Gaillard used in his newspaper obituary. Levy Odel Gaillard (1952-2004) was born in Charleston, SC, and passed away in Wilmington, NC. He taught for 28 years in New Hanover (E. A. Laney High School) and Brunswick...
    • Thomas C. Jervay

    • African American newspapers; African American--History
    • Thomas Clarence Jervay with President Lyndon B. Johnson at the White House. Thomas C. Jervay (1914-1993) took over the leadership of his family printing and newspaper business after his father passed away. In 1945 he changed the name of the...
    • 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...
    • Amelia R. Martin

    • African American nurses
    • Photograph of Amelia Martin wearing a silver dress and matching hat. Amelia Martin (1940- ) was born in Wilmington, NC. She graduated from Williston Senior High School in 1958 and the Community School of Nursing in 1962. She was the second black...
    • Katherine Howe King

    • African American Nurses; St. Agnes Hospital (Raleigh, N.C.)
    • Katherine Howe King, nurse, with her charge. Katherine Howe King (1882-1948) was the daughter of John Harris Howe (who built many homes in Wilmington, NC) and Abbey Jane Waddell Howe. She went to St Agnes College in Raleigh, NC, one of the most...
    • Dr. Leroy W. Upperman

    • African American physicians
    • Photograph of Dr. Leroy W. Upperman. Dr. Leroy Wenford Upperman (1913-1996) was the first resident physician at the new Community Hospital built in Wilmington, NC in 1939. He entered private practice in Wilmington in 1941, and was very active in...

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