Decades Series

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.

Decades Series

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.

Decades Series

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.

History

Saving, the Family Business

In 1899, Erasmus Midgett saved 10 people from a shipwreck off the North Carolina coast — and started a family tradition.

Decades Series

The 1950s: Elegy For an Iron Horse

Amid the rise of autos and airplanes, a Wilmington-based railroad company struggles to hold on, supported by passionate advocates until the last passenger train leaves the station.

History

The Python with a Purple Heart

How a soldier rescued a Burmese python from a dinner table during the Vietnam War and brought it back to North Carolina.

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