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DeWitt Powell, Jones Lake's longtime park superintendent, vigilantly guarded the atmosphere of peace and dignity of the park. No litter or profanity was permitted, and Black families could camp, hike, fish, swim or just relax on the lake's shores. Powell, who held his post for decades,  established that atmosphere in the Jim Crow era, against the odds in rural Bladen County.
How the ‘MLK of Jones Lake’ Made This NC Park an Island of Equality

Jones Lake State Park, North Carolina’s first to admit Black visitors, was a place guests could breathe freely, thanks to its first Black park superintendent.

A silverback gorilla receives a COVID vaccine at the NC Zoo in October (Photo courtesy of the NC Zoo.)
Think Your Job Is Hard? Try Giving a COVID Vaccine to a Gorilla.

Armed with protective gear and ground meat, NC Zoo workers delivered potentially life-saving shots this fall to primates and lions.  

Just try and resist this burger from Cherryville's Shake Shop.
Small Towns, Big Burgers: A Guide to NC’s 7 Best Under-the-Radar Burger Spots

Pile on the chili and slaw—these beloved North Carolina burgers are worth the mess.

Grave Digger, one of monster trucking's biggest stars, in action in 2018. The spook truck is based out of the coastal North Carolina community of Poplar Branch. (Shutterstock)
Grave Digger’s Dungeon and Giant Chairs: Unusual NC Roadside Attractions

These landmarks in North Carolina are worth veering off the main road.