The Montgomery County Chapter of the Afro American Genealogical and Historical Society is in its first year which ends with Marvin T. Jones’s lecture on the Winton Triangle. Since Chowan Discovery is constantly researching, each Winton Triangle lecture adds new information. As always, our CDG lectures are full of photographs, stories and new insights into the past of the landowning Mixed Race People of Color in the Hertford County, NC area.
The North Carolina Society of Historians recently honored the Chowan Discovery Group its Barringer Award of Excellence for its work on Hertford County area history. The citation for the award reads in part:
“The Chowan Discovery Group is a nonprofit organization dedicated to historical preservation, but is not a member-seeking society. Much has been made of several ‘tri-racial’ communities within NC, but little attention has been brought to a community of hundreds of people of color living in what Executive Director Marvin Jones has termed, ‘The Winton Triangle’ between Winton and Ahoskie in the northeastern corner of the state. Since its founding in 2009, the CDG has dedicated itself to the preservation, restoration, and digitizing of hundreds of century-old documents and photographs never previously studied. Not stopping there, the CDG has mad many education outreach lectures and presentations, including a stage presentation, academic lectures, and education presentations. Currently engaged in a campaign to erect historical highway markers recognizing important Winton Triangle people and Native American village sites, a vision for the future includes research of the community’s involvement in the Civil War, and plans for community development within portions of the community. The level of commitment, enthusiasm and momentum able to have been generated in such a short amount of time is much deserving of recognition.”
The NCSH goes on to add:
“We agree, Mr. Adams. And, if one visits their website, one will be amazed at just how much work has been accomplished by this group since 2009. We encourage everyone to visit the site at: www.chowandiscovey.org…
For the great service provided by this group with regard to NC history, we feel they are very deserving of a Barringer Award of Excellence.”
The Chowan Discovery Group thanks CDG Advisor Lars Adams of Waukegan, Illinois for the nomination, and the North Carolina Society of Historians for the award.
Chowan Discovery thanks Ms. Virginia Tillett, President of the Roanoke Island Freedmen’s Colony Preservation Association for her leadership in coordinating the dedication event. Additional thanks goes to Mr. Michael Hill and KaeLi Schurr of the NC Department of Cultural Resources which providedthe marker, and Dr. Patricia Click, who wrote about the colony in her book, Time Full of Trial.
This is Chowan Discovery’s sixth nominated and erected historical marker. Please the photo gallery of the event.
Cofield native Eric Mountain, now living in Raleigh, and his daughter Erin Madelyn, retrieves and brings back a relic from Hertford County’s past. The North Carolina Museum of History has donated a booth bench from Chowan Beach to the Chowan Discovery Group whose mission is to research, document, preserve and present the history of the Winton Triangle. Museum Curator Earl Ijames arranged the transfer. The bench was in the restaurant of the Chowan Beach resort which entertained people from the region for over fifty years. It appears in a 1963 photograph that is part of our digital image collection. The Chowan Discovery Group’s recent acquisition of non-profit and tax-exempt status helped make the transfer possible. Photograph by Marvin T. Jones