Decades Series

The Great Blizzard of 1960

The decade blows in with a series of winter storms that threaten to incapacitate the High Country. But residents are resilient — and the rest of the state mobilizes to help.

Decades Series

The 1960s: A Dynamic Decade

Momentum has been building, and by the early 1960s, the payoff is clear: Now in the national spotlight, North Carolina enters an era of action and activism.

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The 1950s: The Squire of Haw River

How a dairy farmer from Alamance County ascended the political ladder to become governor, then senator — never forgetting his rural roots along the way.

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The 1950s: The Art of the Impossible

North Carolina’s investment in a public art collection opens minds, enriches the lives of citizens, and creates a home for the state’s cultural aspirations.

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The 1950s: The Shape of Things to Come

Three universities, dozens of movers and shakers, one singular vision: Research Triangle Park charts a new course for North Carolina, proving that a simple idea can become a grand reality.

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The 1950s: Long Live the Lumbee

The Native Americans of Robeson County are strong and proud, but their history is marked by the struggle to overcome bias. In the 1950s, a watershed moment brings national attention to the Lumbee Tribe.

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The 1950s: UNC On The Air

The state’s first educational TV station delivers wisdom over the airwaves, from the classroom to viewers’ living rooms.

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The 1950s: Justice in Black & White

As the racism of the Jim Crow era comes to a head, the push for equality gains momentum. In North Carolina and across the South, the seeds of the civil rights movement take root.

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