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The Cupola House Association Encyclopedia

One of the earliest preservation efforts in North Carolina, The Cupola House Association has maintained the Cupola House in Edenton, built in 1758, for all to enjoy.  It is a prime example of concerned citizens finding private solutions to solve historical preservation problems.

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Don Curtis and the Curtis Media Group Encyclopedia

Although Don Curtis founded the Curtis Media Group in 1968, he started his media career ten years earlier.  In 1957, 15 year old Don began working at WKMT in Kings Mountain, North Carolina.  He transformed his weekly broadcast in Bessemer City into one of the largest single shareholder companies in the United States.

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Charles and Winnie Tally (dual tenure) Encyclopedia

From Oxford Township, Charles and Winnie Tally were among many freedmen using dual tenure to make ends meet.

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Dual Tenure (late 1800s) Encyclopedia

In theory, after the Civil War, land ownership seemed an attainable goal for North Carolina freedpeople. In actuality, racial division and limited finances made land ownership extremely difficult.  Freedmen, therefore, practiced dual tenure.

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Joe Louis Dudley (1937- ) Encyclopedia

Successful entrepreneur, businessman, and founder of Dudley Products, an African American- owned hair care company, Joe Louis Dudley and his wife, Eunice, began their business by mixing shampoo and hair care formula in their kitchen.  His entrepreneurship created a needed product and employed hundreds.  

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Duplin Winery Encyclopedia

Although Tar Heels were national leaders in wine making before the Civil War and once again during the early 1900s, few modern-day Americans—and even native Tar Heels—have regarded the state as a leader in grape and wine production. North Carolina is known mainly today for championship college basketball and tourist attractions and its tobacco and pork industries.  Over the past two decades, however, wineries have been started across the state.  Yet Duplin Winery in Rose Hill has been the major link between the days of state and local Prohibition and the current revival in North Carolina viticulture and serves as a harbinger for the medicinal uses of the muscadine.

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Albert Earle Finley (1895-1986) Encyclopedia

As the eleventh child of Washington and Sallie Webster Finley, Albert Earle Finley truly understood America was the land of opportunity from a young age.

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Alfred Johnston Fletcher (1887-1979) Encyclopedia

Alfred Johnson Fletcher, the seventh of fourteen children, was born in 1887 in the mountains of North Carolina.  After studying law at Wake Forest College, he opened a practice in Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina. His greatest achievement was the Capitol Broadcasting Company, which he created when he applied for a 250 watt AM station in 1937.  When he went on the air in 1939, he was only the second radio station in Raleigh.

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Food Lion Encyclopedia

A regional grocery chain and subsidiary of Belgium-based Delhaize Group, Food Lion began in 1957 as a one-store operation in Salisbury, North Carolina, under the name Food Town and the direction of Ralph W. Ketner.  After the introduction of the LFPINC concept in 1967, the grocery chain grew from seven stores to approximately 800 in 1991, the year in which Ketner retired.  Before then in 1983, the company had changed its name to Food Town.  During the early 1990s, the supermarket chain went through legal battles that curbed its exponential growth.  Under the leadership of DelHaize Group executives, the company in February 2007 employed approximately 73,000 workers in almost 1,200 stores and served nearly ten million customers in eleven states.

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Freedmen's Bank Encyclopedia

After the Civil War, Northern missionaries and Freedmen’s Bureau agents encouraged emancipated slaves to participate in a free-labor economy and embody middle-class values.  But the South lay in ruins.  It was difficult for many whites to rebound financially and for former slaves to find work, much less start enterprising careers.  Freedmen, however, adjusted quickly to the demands of a free-labor economy.

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Louis Froelich (1817-1873) Encyclopedia

A Bavarian mechanic, Louis Froelich immigrated first to England and traveled later across the Atlantic to the United States.  After working in New York City, he traveled southward and started his entrepreneurial activities in Wilmington, North Carolina.  There, he earned the nickname the “Sword Maker for the Confederacy.”

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Gatling Gun Encyclopedia

The first successful machine gun, known as the Gatling gun was invented by North Carolina native Richard J. Gatling in 1862. The gun saw limited use in the Civil War because the original model proved ineffective but once Gatling perfected his machine gun, the United States Army purchased 100 guns in 1866. Although the patent was eventually purchased by Colt’s Armory, the more developed guns built by Nordenfeldt and Maxim gun manufacturers outlasted the Gatling machine gun.

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Gilbert S. Waters (1869-1903) Encyclopedia

Gilbert S. Waters built one of the first buggymobiles.  Born in 1869, Waters grew up in New Bern around the buggy industry and worked in the family business, G. H. Waters Buggy and Carriage Factory. 

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Antebellum Gold Mining (1820-1860) Encyclopedia

“The mining interest of the State is now only second to the farming interest.”  So wrote a reporter of the Western Carolinian of Salisbury in 1825.  But according to historians Richard D. Knapp and Brent D. Glass in Gold Mining in North Carolina (1999) the average Tar Heel did not fall victim to gold fever.  Nevertheless, there was enough demand by 1830 for a Charlotte-based Miners’ and Farmers’ Journal to begin publication.  

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Hardee's Restaurants Encyclopedia

Wilbur Hardee opened the first Hardee’s restaurant in Greenville, North Carolina, in 1960. Offering a concise but premium menu, low prices, and fast service, Hardee’s succeeded in Greenville and a second Hardee’s was soon opened in Rocky Mount. By 1963, the Hardee’s chain had gone public and it soon opened outside the United States. Throughout the 1990s and 2000s, Hardee’s became a subsidiary of CKE Restaurants, and the chain went through a revolution by offering new and better products, Monster Thickburgers, and witty advertising.

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