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Marvin T. Jones presents photographs, maps and narrative of his community of landowning mixed-race people in North Carolina’s Hertford County area. The written history of the Winton Triangle began in 1584 when the English first learned about the area. The three main towns of the Triangle are Winton, Cofield and Ahoskie. The Winton Triangle’s story is that of a new people who cobbled success and identity despite colonization, wars, slavery and discrimination. Jones uses maps, documents and photographs to tell this 400+ year old story. While this presentation has been given many times in North Carolina and as far as Arizona, it is poignant to present it in Winton.
Hosted by the Winton Historical Association, Winton Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, 205 North Main Street, Winton NC
11:00 speaker and discussion – free and open to the public
Speaker – Marvin T. Jones
12:00 Catered Luncheon by Pre Order Only
Lunch Order Deadline is Friday, September 6, 2019
Catering by Mary Etta Ward Flowers: Chicken Salad, Broccoli Salad, Fresh Fruit Salad, Deviled Egg, 2 Country Ham Biscuits, Brownie, Iced Tea
To order, send a check or money order for $10 payable to
Winton Historical Association, PO Box 15, Winton, NC 27986
Chowan Discovery’s Presentations and Public Activities of 2018
- Haiti and the Civil War lecture at the Washington DC chapter of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, January 28.
- Panelist: “Telling/Sharing Military Stories” at a regional conferenceof the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society (AAHGS), Laurel MD, February 3.
- Haiti and the Civil War lecture at the National Park Service Center, in Herndon VA, February 7.
- An Army of Educators lecture, Brown Memorial AME Church, Washington DC, February 25.
- Three offerings at the 2018 Critical Mixed Race Studies Conference, University of Maryland, College Park MD:
a. Displayed exhibit, A Mixed-Race Community’s Civil War, March 1-3.
b. Sponsored and presented a panel including a CDG paper: Pleasant Plains School’s 150 Years, March 3.
c. Hosted tour of names and stories for Winton Triangle soldiers on the wall of the African American Civil War Memorial in Washington DC.
- An Army of Educators lecture, Central Maryland Chapter of AAHGS, Columbia MD, March 10.
- A Winton Triangle Family and Agriculture lecture, North Carolina A&T University, Greensboro NC, April 12.
- Dedication of Chowan Discovery-nominated North Carolina Highway Historical Marker, the North Carolina Colored State Fair at Shaw University in Raleigh NC, April 13.
- Haiti and the Civil War lecture, Mt. Sinai Baptist Church, Como NC, April 14.
- An Army of Educators lecture, Greenbelt Library, Greenbelt MD as part of C.R. Gibbs’ lecture series, April 17.
- Radio interview with the Maryland Humanities Council at WYPR-FM, Baltimore MD, May 29.
- Chowan Discovery Fundraiser, June 9, Washington DC
- Hosted lecture on pre-colonial Chowanoke life by Dr. Jennifer Frick-Ruppert of Brevard College at the Winton Historical Association, Winton NC, June 19.
- Two lectures: Chowan Discovery Group’s 10 Years and The Winton Triangle’s Civil War at the Melungeon Heritage Association Conference at Big Stone Gap VA, June 21.
- Families of USCTs: Winton Triangle’s Men of Color in the Civil War lecture, North Carolina Genealogical Society 2018 Speaker’s Forum, Raleigh NC, June 23.
- Presentation of four Chowan Discovery films at the Andromeda Transcultural Health Center, Washington DC:
a. The Campaigns of Molly Hundley, October 2
b. Aunt Betty and Fort Stevens, October 5
c. The Military Road School, October 9
d. Oral Histories from the Gold Coast, October 12
- Received the Paul E. Sluby/Jean Sampson-Scott Meritorious Achievement Award from the AAHGS annual conference, King of Prussia PA, October 13.
- Sponsor and panelist of session at the DC History Conference, University of the District of Columbia, Washington DC, November 3.
- The Winton Triangle lecture, home of Jane and Clay Claiborne, Charleston SC, November 9.
- The Winton Triangle lecture, 1750 Isle of Wight Courthouse, Smithfield VA, November 11.
- Discussion of Chowan Discovery’s work to a session hosted by Humanities DC with special guest National Endowment for the Humanities Chairman Jon Peede, Washington DC, December 4.
This presentation is about a century-old community of freeborn landowners and their contributions in and after the Civil War. A year after the Confederates seized a mixed race, married mother of three and used her as a lure, her Winton Triangle community responded by enlisting in the Union military. Over seventy of North Carolina’s Winton Triangle men fought in North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida. They took part in the destruction of Charleston, captured what was to become Gen. Grant’s ultimate headquarters, took part in the eleven-month siege on Richmond and its capture; and finally enforced the Emancipation Proclamation in Texas after the war’s end (Juneteenth).
Families of soldiers helped make up of the regiments of infantry, cavalry and heavy artillery. Families such as the Weavers, Robbins and Reynolds could each boast seven and more soldiers.
Most returned to the area to own farms, start or renew family life, establish schools, educate the formerly enslaved, form churches and other organizations, take part in politics, open businesses and expand the size of the Winton Triangle. This presentation, highlighting the research of the soldiers’ pension records, their family records and photographs, is used to teach today’s Winton Triangle people of their own Civil War past.
Rock Park Civil War Roundtable talks are usually followed by lunch at Ledo Pizza, 7435 Georgia Avenue NW.
The Civil War is sometimes called the Second Haitian Revolution. Pro-slavers feared Haiti, and the enslaved and abolitionists found great hope from Toussaint Louverture and Haiti. This lecture details the actions of enslaved and abolitionists who were encouraged by the Haitian Revolution, Haiti’s own involvement in offering freedom to people of color, and why Haiti was so important to keeping alive the hope that all Americans would be free. American leaders who wrote and spoke of their admiration for Louverture include John Brown, Martin Delaney, Frederick Douglass, Charlotte Forten, William Lloyd Garrison, Prince Hall, John Mercer Langston, Wendell Phillips, Senator Charles Sumner, Denmark Vesey and David Walker.
Before Marvin T. Jones earnestly explored the Winton Triangle, he did so in Haiti. He honed his documentary and research skills to produce articles and exhibits on the defense works of Haiti, the second republic of the New World. Now, his work comes full circle in tying connections between Haiti and eastern North Carolina.
During and after the Civil War, Union officers and missionaries expanded literacy and skills in the south, resulting in a great rise in the reading population and creating schools, some of which exist today. A school established in a Washington, D.C. army barracks in 1864 is still going strong. Fisk, Hampton, Howard and Shaw are among the universities that rose in the first five years after the war. Within ten years after the war, Howard University was graduating men and women with degrees in medicine and law. Although many schools were destroyed and teachers and students threatened, the growth of education for people of color continued. The Winton Triangle has its own story about a missionary teacher. Marvin T. Jones will give a overview of the people and organizations who propagated education among people of color and how southern whites also greatly benefitted. As always, this lecture includes many stories and images of portraits, documents and places.