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.
For years, the graves of Dr. and Mrs. Calvin Scott Brown were threatened by a full-size cedar tree. There were fears that the cedar would eventually fall during a storm and either uproot the Browns’ graves or break the 6-foot high monument. At the request of Chowan Discovery, Dr. Michael D. Perry, Superintendent of Hertford County Public Schools, quickly had the tree cut down. For the first time in years, people can view the graves and monument under the open sky. Thank you much, Dr. Perry!
Dr. and Mrs. Brown are the educational founders of what was Chowan Academy, later Waters Training School and now C.S. Brown High School in Winton, NC. The school was launched by the efforts of local Baptist leaders of color who formed the Chowan Educational Association. The Association owned Waters Training School until 1924 when it became part of the Hertford County public school system. What was Chowan Academy in 1886 is now 128 years old. C.S. Brown High now is a STEM school (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).
For the second consecutive conference, Chowan Discovery Group is hosting two panels at the Critical Mixed Race Studies Conference at DePaul University in Chicago. Address is DePaul University Center, 2250 N. Sheffield at the Fullerton CTA station.
Thursday, November 13 from 2:15 to 3:45pm, Room 325: Mobility and Definition in Mixed-Race History. The moderator is Mayola Cotterman, retired professor, Northwestern University. The panelists are:
– Dr. Arwin D. Smallwood (North Carolina A&T University): Documenting and Exploring the Early History of Mixed Race Peoples: Over Five Hundred Years of the Merging of Native American, African, and European Peoples in North America from the 1500s to Present
– Ainsworth Tracy (New York College – CUNY): Documenting the Intersections and History of African-Americans and Native Americans in Colonial America: American Marronage: An Examination of Eastern North Carolina.
– Marvin T. Jones (Chowan Discovery Group): Measurements of a Mixed-Race Community – the Winton Triangle. Jones’ presentation will give the audience the size and scope of the Winton Triangle by showing numbers of large houses, stores, churches, acreages, professionals and educators.
– Lars Adams (Independent Writer): The Algonquians of North Carolina: Ethnic Transformation and Identity Retention in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries
– Dr. Arwin D. Smallwood (North Carolina A&T University): One of America’s First Mixed Race Peoples: A Study of the Tuscarora and the Indian Woods, Reservation Established in Bertie County, North Carolina in 1717.
– Marvin T. Jones (Chowan Discovery Group): A Mixed Race Family at War – The Robbins Family. We are still in the time of the 15oth anniversary observances of the Civil War. This story is about one Mixed Race Family and its role in the War and beyond.
For last minute information call 202.236.2030.
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.
Rumcakes from Chez Moi Bakery (!), light music, hand-crafted door prizes and celebration as Marvin turns 62 and Chowan Discovery enters its 5th year! Meet all of the interesting supporters of Chowan Discovery when we party.
Menu: North Carolina inspired dishes and, from Durham, the devastatingly delicious Chez Moi Bakery rumcakes (a hit at last year’s party.)
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.