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In 1954, Whiteville funeral director A.D. Peacock discovered seven children living in dire conditions without any familial support. This experience prompted Peacock to found what is today known as the Boys & Girls Homes of North Carolina, a permanent residence program for at-risk children.
Supervising, tending, and harvesting the tobacco crop was a non-traditional role for African-American women in the 1960s. Mildred Keaton recounts how her mother and many black women she knew managed small tobacco farms as their husbands worked full-time jobs in Bladen and Columbus counties. Keaton and Estella Graham’s stories highlight the many roles African-American women played in tobacco farming, from planting to hauling the cured leaves to market.
The Bigfoot Legend was widespread: sightings in Columbus and Brunswick Counties proved this. The discovery in Winnabow of footprint tracks, nearly a foot and a half long, was no exception to the standard story. Where they from man or beast of exceptional size, though? One native offered a $25.00 cash award for anyone willing to provide proof.