History

The Soundtrack of the Decade

In the 1940s, traditional mountain music gives rise to bluegrass, jazz spreads nationwide, and three North Carolina natives make their mark on American music.

History

Preserving Piedmont’s Legacy

Charles Quarles has been collecting Piedmont Airlines memorabilia since he was a child and is always on the lookout for a rare find.

History

Downtown Goldsboro is Flying High

Goldsboro’s downtown is poised for takeoff — boutiques, a taproom, and even a burger-and-sushi joint have all opened in the once-sleepy town center. From airmen passing through to longtime locals, now everyone’s got a place to be a regular.

History

Rocky Mount’s Dream Discovery

Months before Martin Luther King Jr. made his “I Have a Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial, he spoke those iconic words at a school in Rocky Mount.

History

The Collard Capers

The annual tradition of Collard-Stealing Night brought joy to a generation of mischievous Pender County youth, who hoped to get more than just a tasty meal from their neighbors.

1940s Series

The Liberty Armada

When America went to war in 1941, the Navy turned to Wilmington to provide ships. The city’s response helped secure victory for the allies and left a lasting mark on the North Carolina coast.

Decades Series

The 1940s: The Decade of Transformation

North Carolina began the 1940s as a mainly rural, isolated state hit hard by the Great Depression. But by the end of the decade, it was a different kind of state: one we recognize as our home.

History

Tales of a Traveling Library

On the back roads of Madison County, a woman and her trusty bookmobile delivered a passion for reading to the area’s most remote residents.

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