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Albemarle Tradewinds January 2016 Final5

January 2016

Northeast North Carolina

Northeast North Carolina Family History - Recovering lost history… By: Irene Hampton - In a recent guest column in our local paper, “The Daily Advance”, it was stated that “new times require new ideas” and that “new creative thinking” should be applied to breathing life in Elizabeth City’s downtown. There is a long, uncomfortable yet untold history that deserves to be brought into the light and thoroughly researched in our corner of the Albemarle. It is the story of the Underground Railroad (UGRR) and with it, the slavery that was its parent. Let’s tell this story in downtown Elizabeth City. Over the past year, a small group of like-minded individuals have met and formed the non-profit Northeast North Carolina Underground Railroad Foundation. On the waterfront of Elizabeth City behind the gazebo is a sign erected in 2004 designating the Pasquotank River as part of the Underground Railroad, the first river designated. Of the 15 UGRR National Parks Service sites in North Carolina, 10 are here in the northeast. What we seek for Elizabeth City is a research center and potential museum to recover this lost yet integral part of our area’s history. We met over a number of months with representatives of the Museum of the Albemarle but current constraints in state funding led us to believe creating our foundation would better serve our immediate needs. We plan to compliment their efforts and bring students, tourists and community members to the downtown area to visit. In order to accomplish this we need the community’s assistance. We need a preview location downtown at a subsidized rate to begin gathering and documenting stories of the enslaved peoples of our area and those both black and white who assisted them. The very secrecy of the UGRR does not lead to artifacts being found, but families and homes or churches that assisted them may very well have pictures or stories that can be told. I have been told by a former owner that the home built by the Culpeppers on the street so named once shielded slaves in its basement who then escaped to the river. The most obvious needs will be financing to rent a space, research and document this history and create exhibits. We are in the process of applying for private foundation monies and have a grant writer that will apply for federal funding but in the meantime if 100 businessmen, professionals or interested community members would contribute $100 (or an amount of their choice) we could begin. As a 501 c3, any donations to our foundation are tax deductible. Because we have no permanent location, we are accepting donations through our accountant’s mailing address, PO Box 1869, Elizabeth City, 27906. Perhaps you are part of a business with headquarters that would be interested in funding an exhibit. Let me list a few of the possible exhibits we are currently aware of: -in 1792 the Edenton abolitionist Harriet Jacobs grandmother Athena ran away from Andrew Knox’s Pasquotank plantation and was later captured and returned. -Woodleys’ Manor, currently owned and well researched by Harvey Harrison was the location of numerous slave incidents throughout its more than 300 year History. -the pension request of Harriet Tubman for her second husband’s civil war pension lists his home town as Elizabeth City and that he was a slave owned by a family here. -Joseph Charles Price, the founder of Livingstone College in Salisbury was born and lived his early life here in Elizabeth City to a free mother and enslaved father. -the National Parks UGRR sign states more than 30 runaway slave ads give the Pasquotank River as part of their potential escape route making such advertisements a valuable UGRR exhibit. -the NC State Archives North Carolina Civil War 150th anniversary article detailing over 60 burials in Oak Grove Cemetery of members of the United States Colored Troops from the Civil War and detailed research on one soldier, Jacob Spellman. -the 1802 Easter plot rebellion by the slave Mingo. - Camden’s Moses Grandy’s story of life on the water. -the 1860 slave census from Camden that is one of just a handful that included first names of slaves; Irene Hampton earned a Certifi cate in Genealogy from Brigham Young University and worked as the Genealogical/Local history Researcher for the Pasquotank-Camden Library for over 12 years. She has also abstracted and published “Widow’s Years Provisions, 1881-1899, Pasquotank County, North Carolina”; “1840 Currituck, North Carolina Federal Census” and “Record of Marriages, Book A (1851-1867) Currituck County, North Carolina”.You may contact her at the Quakers of Pasquotank and Perquimans that freed their slaves. -the unknown reason that Pasquotank County had four to five more free blacks than any other area of North Carolina from 1810 to 1860, many of them the skilled carpenters and brick masons that literally built this area. This is a compelling history worth telling! My husband and I toured Monticello, Mount Vernon and Montpelier this fall and the story of those enslaved on these plantations is receiving more attention and funding than ever before. Colonial Williamsburg is preparing to tell more of its black history and in 2019 the 400thn anniversary of the beginning of slavery in this country will occur. The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati averages 180,000 visitors each year. Our goals are not so lofty – yet. Join us in bringing light, knowledge and renewal to our citizens and in so doing bring new life to our downtown through education and tourism beginning in 2016. 26 Albemarle Tradewinds December 2015

S.T.E.M. and Charter Schools - Good for the country, or a scam? By: Centinel It’s another election year and we will start hearing politicians spouting platitudes. One of the most popular of these is S.T.E.M and Charter schools. Over the next few months, we will take a look into what STEM is and how charter schools work. Basically, STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Math. Establishment politicians and educators want to drive students into STEM. We will do some research on this trend and point out its basis on false studies and cooked numbers. United States students don’t score well on international tests, never have - and these tests are not good predictors of our national success. Successful Countries work cultures are non-hierarchical and merit-based. In summary, a well-rounded education is the best. No matter how strong your math and science skills are, you still need to know how to learn, think and write. The shabby genius is hidden in the back room. Consider the stereotype of a computer genius to get an idea of how the real world works. The person who can communicate, write reports and think critically, generally supervises the genius in the back room and makes the big money. STEM is nothing new. Did you know there have been five boom-bust cycles in sixty years of supposed shortages of scientists and engineers? Each lasting ten to fifteen years? Every cycle follows a predictable pattern, and the current cycle is following the same pattern. And, did you know that STEM ties to immigration policy? We did not either. What about Charter Schools? Did you know many have closed due to corruption and misappropriation of funds? Public-private partnerships deserve scrutiny. Many Charter Schools are perfect examples of crony capitalism 101. Some make the argument that they take much-needed funds from the public school system. Do Charter Schools educate better than public schools? Not really. We will answer these questions in articles over several months challenging talking points you may hear. The corruption is shocking. Next Month: The numbers used and how they are spun in STEM’s favor. Interior Custom Creations is an exclusive builder of PGT® Industries EZE-Breeze® window panels. FREE Presentation and Estimate for all EZE-Breeze window installations! Photos of the Statue of Liberty being built in Paris The French financed the statue; Americans paid for the pedestal and provided the site. The copper statue, designed by Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, a French sculptor, was built by Gustave Eiffel and dedicated on October 28, 1886. It was a gift to the United States from the people of France. Due to the troubled political situation in France, work on the statue did not commence until the early 1870s. Call today for summer specials! Let Cool Breezes In! Keep Bad Weather out! Uniquely Designed & Custom Sized to Fit Existing Openings, No Need for Reframing! Satisfaction Guaranteed - Reliable - Professional - Lifetime Limited Warranty Lighter & more affordable than glass, the tough vinyl glazing returns to original shape within minutes if distorted. Hurricane Proof! “Its like getting a whole new room added to your house at a fraction of the cost!” We will beat any competitors price! The statue’s 300 copper pieces were transported to America in 214 crates PATRICK BAUM (252) 339-7999 on the French ship Isere, which almost sank in stormy seas. Albemarle Tradewinds December 2015 27