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    • Robert Rufus Bridgers

    • Confederate States of America. Congress. Senate. Committee on Military Affairs
    • Robert Rufus Bridgers (1819-1888) was born on a farm in southwestern Edgecombe county. He graduated with distinction from the University of North Carolina in 1841 and was a charter member of the university's alumni association in 1843. After...
    • Portrait of James Walker, Architect

    • Walker family, Architects, Builders, Philanthropists, University of North Carolina at Wilmington, portraiture
    • This portrait of James Walker can be found hanging on a wall at UNC-Wilmington. James Walker, (1826-1901) was born in Scotland and came to the U.S. (New York), with his brother at the age of 12. He started out as a stone mason, then later moved to...
    • Portrait of James Walker

    • Walker family, Architects, builders, philanthropists, University of North Carolina at Wilmington, portraits
    • Portrait of James Walker now hanging on wall at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. James Walker, (1826-1901) was born in Scotland and came to the U.S. (New York), with his brother, at the age of 12. He started out as a stone mason,...
    • Graveside Marker, James Walker, Oakdale Cemetery

    • Walker Family, Cemeteries, Wilmington, Architects, Builders, Gravestones
    • James Walker, (1826-1901) was born in Scotland and came to the U.S. (New York), with his brother, at the age of 12. He started out as a stone mason, then later moved to Washington D.C. to help work on the Capitol and the Smithsonian Institute,...
    • Wrightsville Beach - Lumina - Movie screen.

    • Wrightsville Beach, Beaches, Lumina, Lumina Pavilion, Movie Screen
    • The view of the outdoor movie screen at Lumina is taken from the upper level of the famous landmark. Silent movies were shown nightly during the summer season. In 1901, the beach car line from Wilmington to Wrightsville Beach was sold by the...
    • Ida Brooks Kellam

    • Kellam, Ida Brooks
    • Photograph of Ida Brooks Kellam. For over two decades Ida Brooks Kellam devoted herself to the organizing, collecting, researching, and writing of Cape Fear history. Her research was valued by many reputable authors and compilers as she was...
    • Elizabeth Fishblate Buck

    • Women dressmakers; Business and Professional Women’s Club (Wilmington, N.C.); Millinery
    • Posed news photograph of Elizabeth Fishblate Buck. Elizabeth Fishblate Buck (1891-1931) was the daughter of S. H. Fishblate, the first Jewish mayor of Wilmington, NC, and Fannie Schaap of Richmond, VA. She married Harry C. Buck in 1915. After...
    • Motor Corps

    • World War, 1914-1918--Women--United States
    • A photograph of women in the Motor Corps. The caption reads "Just a part of our Motor Corps, Wilmington North Carolina." Names included on the photograph, left to right: Fennell (possibly Charlotte), Dickinson, Lewis, Bluethenthal, Rankin,...
    • Wrightsville Beach - Lumina - Movie screen.

    • Wrightsville Beach, Beaches, Lumina, Lumina Pavilion, Movie Screen
    • Silent movies were shown on an outdoor movie screen in the surf at Lumina, with spectators sitting on benches on the ocean side of the pavilion. The movies appealed especially to children for they were most often comedies or westerns. Bathers are...
    • Portrait of Helen Lovering as a Child

    • studio portrait, children
    • A studio portrait of Helen Lovering, with the description that she was 1 year, 3 days old at the time of the photograph. Although born in Hawthorne, New Jersey, Lovering had strong family ties to Wilmington, North Carolina and lived there for most...
    • Wilmington, NC - Aerial view.

    • Wilmington, Aerial, Custom House
    • A panoramic aerial view taking in most of downtown Wilmington from the Cape Fear River to roughly Fifth Avenue, including a portion of Eagles Island on the west side of the river. Note the Coast Guard cutter docked at the Government Wharf at the...
    • Alexander Doak McClure

    • St. Andrews Presbyterian Church
    • Photograph of Reverend Alexander McClure sitting at his desk in the Manse of St. Andrews Presbyterian Church. Alexander Doak McClure (1850-1920) was born in Tennessee. He attended Princeton University and Davidson College, receiving a Doctor of...
    • George Kirby, Ben Chavis, and Angela Davis

    • Chavis, Ben, 1948- ; Kirby, George, ?-1997; Davis, Angela, 1944-
    • Photograph of George Kirby, Ben Chavis and Angela Davis, and unknown supporter. Ben Chavis (1948 - ) is originally from Oxford, North Carolina. He was a minister from the United Church of Christ's Commission for Racial Justice at the time of...
    • Whale - Wrightsville Beach, NC.

    • Wrightsville Beach, Beaches, Whale
    • Whale's mouth and teeth. A large sperm whale washed up on the beach (pictured center). The whale measured fifty-four feet in length and thirty-three feet in girth. Its tail was fourteen feet wide and the lower jaw was ten feet long and contained...
    • Don Hyatt and Joseph N. Hutcherson

    • Shipyard; Savings bonds; World War II
    • Don Hyatt, foreman of the Drillers department, handing two War Bonds totaling $1,500 to Joseph N. Hutcherson, a member of the department. Joseph Hutcherson had the record for the most holes drilled during any regular shift at the time of this...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • Rhonda Bellamy

    • Bellamy, Rhonda; Radio talk show hosts; African American women; authors
    • Photograph of Rhonda Bellamy used online for Dreams of Wilmington. Rhonda McLaurin Bellamy (1963- )was born in New York City but moved to Wilmington, NC during her high school years. She went to E. A. Laney High School. She is well-known as a...
    • Tobacco Farm.

    • Tobacco Farm, Tobacco
    • One of the most important times for farmers in North Carolina was the annual tobacco harvest. Picking and curing the flue-cured tobacco involved all members of the farm family. After the leaves were stripped from the plants, they were tied onto...

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