These places are the stewards of some very special items: Doc Watson’s first recording, the desk Virginia Woolf used to redefine the novel, and Elisha Mitchell’s pocket watch are just some of the cherished pieces that teach us about our state’s history and the people who preserve it.
For 155 years, our state’s historically Black colleges and universities have produced activists, scientists, educators, and artists. From the Greensboro Four at NC A&T State University, who advanced a civil rights movement, to NC Central University alumnus André Leon Talley, a former Vogue editor, some of the nation’s brightest leaders have been molded in North Carolina.
On the cusp of a new decade, the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge is completed in Wilmington. The modern bridge is an icon of the fast-growing city, a connection to the rest of the state, and a promise of big things to come.
Times have changed since scions of the Gilded Age hunted quail in piney woods across the Piedmont. But those who hope to preserve a home for the little birds will always listen for a bobwhite’s whistle.