Stories tagged: "History"


Former civil rights lawyer and activist Floyd McKissick watches work begin on his "Soul City" project, a long-gestating Black empowerment utopia that ultimately couldn't escape the bad press from white supremacists. (AP Photo/Harold Valentine)
6 Utopias You Didn’t Know Existed in North Carolina

A Black refuge for economic empowerment, a lesbian commune, and a refuge for enslaved people: Let's take a tour of the hidden societies within North Carolina society. 

Here lies North Carolina's literary giants. Riverside Cemetery in Asheville is the final resting place for Thomas Wolfe and O. Henry, as well as plenty of other historic western NC graves. (Shutterstock)
Morbid Curiosity: North Carolina’s Most Fascinating Graveyards

We’ve been scoping out North Carolina’s oldest, most haunted, and most hidden cemeteries.

Reaves Chapel. Photo by Hunter James Cox, NC Coastal Land Trust.
Off-the-Beaten-Trail: 4 Ways to Explore Gullah Geechee Heritage in North Carolina

Want to learn more about the Gullah Geechee? Here are some places to start here in North Carolina.

North Carolina head coach Hubert Davis speaks during a news conference about the Men's Final Four NCAA basketball tournament, Sunday, April 3, 2022, in New Orleans. North Carolina will face Kansas in the final game on Monday. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
Hubert Davis Is Making History And Not Because His Team Is Playing for a National Championship.

Unpacking an extraordinary first season for the first Black coach to lead the legendary basketball program at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Wiggins' father, a lumberjack, died on the job when she was a child, and she later lost several children to whooping cough because the mill would not allow her time off to take care of them. She began organizing among her neighbors, Black and white, for more pay and better working conditions, arguing their case to lawmakers and anyone who would listen until she was ultimately assassinated.
Ella May Wiggins Gave Her Life for NC Worker Rights

Ella May Wiggins, a North Carolina textile worker, battled for all workers’ rights, establishing an early interracial labor union in the 1920s. 

Sarah Keys Evans was serving in the Women's Army Corps in 1952 when she was arrested after refusing to give up her bus seat for a white Marine at the Roanoke Rapids bus station. Her lawsuit would go on to change the country.  (Image via US Army.)
Let’s Make Sure These Chapters of NC’s Black History Aren’t Forgotten

It’s Black History Month in North Carolina, and many of our state’s most significant moments are still seriously overlooked. 

Numerous bomb threats against historically Black colleges across the nation evoke memories of racist violence, like the 1963 bombing of a Birmingham, Alabama church that killed four young girls and injured many others. (AP Photo)
‘I’m Tired of Being Terrorized Like My Grandparents’: HBCU Bomb Threats Echo Civil Rights Attacks

Coinciding with Black History Month, the offenses echo racist attacks from the Civil Rights era and are being investigated as hate crimes.