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for Journal of the New Bern Historical Society Vol. 6 Issue 2, Nov 1993
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Following the Civil War, black missionaries from Baptist, A.M.E. Zion, and A.M.E. churches came south to work with the freed slaves and encourage independent black denominations. Jones Chapel A.M.E. Zion was the first of five churches established in James City, North Carolina in 1863.
Major General John D. Foster secured Union troops in New Bern by March 1863, and announced plans for a celebration on the fourteenth to commemorate their victory at New Bern just one year before. Unexpectedly, Major General D.H. Hill, commander of all Confederate troops in North Carolina, attacked New Bern and other Federal positions along the coast.
This interview, conducted by a sixth grader, was with Donald Paul, whose father owned a local general store. Donald Paul’s observations related life as it was on both sides of the counter, particularly during the period of widespread economic hardship. Topics that betrayed the time period included what his father charged for gas and snacks, the lack of child labor laws, and cars that the interviewee purchased new for under a thousand dollars.
This article was written in response to incorrect information contained in Frederick Sloatman’s “Streets and Roads of New Bern Linking Us with the Past,” published in the Spring 1993 edition. One of Sloatman’s corrections was in reference to New Bern’s involvement in the Revolutionary War. The second correction was an omitted paragraph. It referenced names of streets on the Price-Fitch map included in the previous article.