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    • Williston High School

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    • Begun in 1865 by the Freedman's Bureau as an elementary school for blacks; then operated by the American Missionary Association and named for Massachusettes benefactor Samuel Williston. It became the city's first public school for blacks when...
    • Dr. Robert Barnard Slocum

    • Physicians; Veterans of World War I of the U.S.A.
    • Portrait of Dr. Robert Barnard Slocum. Robert Barnard Slocum (1879-1933) was born in Reading, PA. He was educated in the school of New York and received a Doctor of Medicine from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. Dr. Slocum moved to...
    • Bill Head From Hall and Pearsall

    • Hall family, Pearsall family, grocers, wholesalers, fertilizer
    • The Hall and Pearsall Warehouse was located at 711 Nutt St. Oscar Pearsall worked for Edwards and Hall, Wholesale Grocers until 1875 when he became partner and changed the name to Hall & Pearsall. The firm specialized in staples such as rice,...
    • John Newland Maffitt

    • Blockade; Soldiers--Confederate States of America; Farmer
    • Photograph of John Newland Maffitt. John Newland Maffitt (1819-1886) was born at sea when his parents were immigrating to the United States from Ireland. Maffitt was brought to North Carolina by an uncle who adopted him in the late 1820s. He held...
    • Matteau

    • Asiatic elephant; Zoo exhibits
    • Photograph of Matteau standing in her shelter by Highway 117. Matteau was a female Asian elephant that once belonged to the Tote-Em-In Zoo located on Highway 117 in Wilmington, NC. The privately-owned zoo is the realized dream of George Tregembo...
    • Major James Reilly House

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    • Greek Revival style house built as investment property for William A. Wright (1807-1878), lawyer. Additions made in 1850 when purchased by Alexander McLennan (1820-1856), store clerk and native of Montgomery County. From 1874 to 1883 residence of...
    • Fred Retchin

    • Furniture industry; New Hanover County (N.C.). Board of Commissioners
    • Portrait of Fred Retchin. Fred Retchin (1929- ) was born in Wilmington, NC. He attended New Hanover High School and the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. When Retchin returned to Wilmington, he became part owner of Carolina Furniture until...
    • Angela Walker, Miss Wilmington 1981

    • Pageants; African American women
    • Angela Walker, Miss Wilmington 1981 Angela Walker (1960- ) was the first black Miss Wilmington. She was the first runner up in the contest, but became Miss Wilmington when the original winner of the title, Lynn Williford, won the title of Miss...
    • Sheila Boles

    • Basketball coaches
    • John T. Hoggard High School yearbook photograph of Sheila Boles. Sheila Boles (1954- ) graduated from Seventy First High School in Fayetteville, NC in 1972 and started at North Carolina State University, but transferred to the University of North...
    • Stephanie Kimbro & swan

    • Historic gardens; Wilmington (N.C.)
    • Stephanie Kimbro and one of the swans at Airlie Gardens. The Kimbro family had their pictures taken in Airlie Gardens every Easter. Airlie Gardens was started in 1901 as a private garden for the Pembroke Jones family. It became a public garden in...
    • Robert E. Allen

    • Air Force; Columbus County, (N.C.)
    • Robert E. Allen in Air Force uniform about age 17 Robert E. Allen (1931-1998) was born in Columbus County, NC. He volunteered for the Air Force when he was 16 years old. He was based in California and in Alaska, and was a cook for the officers'...
    • Kadala children on a snowy day

    • Netherlands; Snow
    • The Kadala children in the front yard of their home in the Bayshore/Ogden area of New Hanover County, NC. This was an unusually heavy snowfall for Wilmington. From left to right: Neil Kadala (1986- ), Annie Kadala (1984- ), and Susan Kadala...
    • Arthur Bertram Skelding

    • Yale University; Wrightsville Beach (N.C.)
    • Arthur Bertram Skelding posing for a picture, probably in D.C. Arthur Bertram Skelding (1868-1957) was born in Connecticut, and was a graduate of Yale Univeristy with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He married Clara Dorothy Ames of...
    • Oceanic Hotel

    • resorts, North Carolina, Banks Channel, hotels, Wrightsville Beach
    • The Oceanic Hotel at Wrightsville Beach, N.C. was formerly the Tarrymore Hotel. When it was sold and renamed the Oceanic, the existing building was enlarged, and a four-story tower was added. It was one of the social centers of the beach. The...
    • Alex Manly

    • Armstrong Association of Philadelphia; African American newspaper editors; Wilmington Race Riot, Wilmington, N.C., 1898
    • Portrait of Alex Manly. Alex Manly (1866-1944) was born in Wake County, North Carolina to parents who were freed slaves of Governor Charles Manly. It is believed that Alex Manly is the son of Governor Manly. He attended the Hampton Institute where...
    • Dr. Joseph Ward Hooper, Jr.

    • Physicians; New Hanover County (N.C.). Board of Commissioners
    • Portrait of Dr. Joseph Ward Hooper, Jr. Joseph Ward Hooper, Jr. (1921-2002) was born in Wilmington, NC. He attended New Hanover High School, Princeton University, and Harvard Medical School. When Hooper returned to Wilmington, he founded Hanover...

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