North Carolina’s Gates County was part of the Chowanoke Native American nation when first reported in 1584. In Gates, beside the ancestral waters of Merchant’s Mill Pond, Chowan Discovery will present a history of the Chowanoke people, the largest of the Carolina Algonkian peoples. The presentation includes images of maps, documents and photographs. Hosted by the Roanoke-Chowan Native American Association.
In the 1580’s, the Choanoac,/Chowanoke people were the largest of the Carolina Algonquian nations, and they controlled all of what is now the Chowan River. Chowan Discovery’s Marvin T. Jones, a Chowanoke descendant, will lecture about the history of ancestors of many people in the Hertford County area.
On June 20 at 1pm, this lecture is hosted by Bacon’s Castle, a 350+ year-old house in Surry, Virginia. Chowan Discovery thanks Joanna Braswell for the invitation. Please visit the link of today’s Chowanoke people, the link for Chowanoke descendants, and the link for the Chowanoke reservation in Gates County.
Founded in 1866 by its church, Pleasant Plains School was a result of the Union victory in the Civil War. Several of the church’s founders were among the builders of the first schoolhouse. In 1920, it was replaced when the Rosenwald Fund provided $350 towards the construction of the 95 year-old schoolhouse across from the current Plains Pleasant Plains Baptist Church chapel (1951). The Church and community contributed $750 and much skill and labor.
On June 18, Chowan Discovery’s Marvin T. Jones will present the school’s history at the Second National Rosenwald Schools Conference in Durham. The presentation will feature photographs and documents (including an 1880 receipt for 12 windows). While registration for the conference is required, this presentation will shown in the future. Winton’s Dr. Dudley Flood is the conference keynote speaker, and our friends Caroline Stephenson and Jochen Kustler from Como are showing their latest film about Nansemond County Training School.
How did race play a role in the Winton Triangle? Chowan Discovery Group founder and Executive Director, Marvin T. Jones, will discuss this issue at a forum with fellow panelists and the audience at the C.S. Brown Cultural Arts Center in Winton, N.C. The Winton Triangle’s unusual tri-racial history provided extra dimensions to the usual white v. black descriptions of southern life. Copies of book, Carolina Genesis: Beyond the Color Line, will be available for signing by Jones. Jones’ essay in the book gives a history of the Winton Triangle. Here is a NC Public Radio interview about the the Winton Triangle.
The “Who Are We” forum is hosted by P. Michelle Felton, and is the first James Andrew Felton and Annie Vaughn Felton Symposium.
When the Union military invaded northeastern North Carolina February of 1862, the mixed-race Robbins family had already survived colonial wars, near-extinction, racial oppression and other calamities dating back to the 1580’s. It was during and after the Civil War that the Robbins came into their own, warring in Virginia, South Carolina and Florida. This is the CDG’s 3rd presentation at the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum.
Artists: Gary Johnson and Marvin Ryan; Art Coordinator: James Messer, all of the Roanoke Chowan Community College
Wall Owner – Jamie Johnson; wall location is on Mitchell Street at Main Street, Ahoskie, NC.
Funders: Ace Hardware Ahoskie & Murfreesboro, Evans Johnson, and the Chowan Discovery Group
The mural wall is the 3-story former Garrett Building which was a hotel and a furniture store dating back to the 1920’s. The Whites Department Store mural is taken from a 1960’s photograph that currently resides at the Ahoskie Chamber of Commerce.
The Whites Department Store was constructed in 1956 for property owner Mary Saluda Hall and is still in use by another tenant. The contractor was Thomas Newsome of Ahoskie, who also constructed the New Ahoskie Baptist Church. White’s is long remembered for its hot dog counter.