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Joe and Odell Thompson of Alamance County received a 1991 N.C. Folk Heritage Award for continuing the African-American stringband tradition. The cousins play banjo and fiddle together, a combination that once provided much of the South's dance music.
Mebane native Odell Thompson, North Carolina's last active black banjoist, was killed on April 28, 1994, when he was struck by a car. He had performed earlier that day at the Merle Watson Memorial Festival.