David A. Graham

David A. Graham is a staff writer at The Atlantic, and lives in Durham.

History

Roots & Grooves

For three decades, the tobacco town of Kinston was known as a hothouse for musical talent. Teachers and their students dazzled audiences with their jazz, swing, and R&B jams, giving rise to a new American sound: funk.

Western

Decidedly Sylva: Innovation Brewing Company

A young, enterprising couple set their sights on a small town with big appeal. They built their taproom from the inside out, and, 32 brews later, it’s now a local hub.

History

Saving a Seat to Inspire Change

For Phil Freelon, the architect who transformed a lunch counter into a civil rights museum, inspiration comes from the powerful stories behind ordinary objects.

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