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for Journal of the New Bern Historical Society Vol. 7 Issue 1, May 1994
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William Tryon was a British soldier and colonial administrator who served as Governor of North Carolina during 1765 to 1771. His reputation began to fall in 1779 due to a series of allegedly depredatory raids he conducted and his views on desolation warfare. These raids marked the end of Tryon’s career as a field commander in the American Revolution.
Public Works Director Cedric M. Boyd played a central role in the beautification of New Bern in 1959, and was the driving force who developed a sense of community pride among its citizens. Since his death twenty ago, the city of New Bern has received national and state awards for beautification programs initiated by Boyd.
General Robert E. Lee organized a plan for the Confederate army to attack New Bern on February 1, 1864. The attack plan was assigned to Major General George E. Pickett who successfully led troops to invade the area and execute a diversion.
The bear is the emblem of New Bern and symbol adopted from the armorial bearings of Bern, Switzerland. A statue of a black bear named Old Bruno was constructed in 1957 to represent New Bern in the 100th anniversary of Morehead City parade. Old Bruno is now a mascot and permanent fixture at New Bern High School.
The window, located on the roof of the William B. Blades House, offered an extensive look into history. It had a bird’s eye view of the Great Fire of 1922, trio of hurricanes, Tryon Palace’s construction, the Bicentennial celebration, and election of the town’s first black mayor. Nationally famous figures referenced by this poem’s fifth grade author included Babe Ruth, President Harry S. Truman, and President Franklin D. Roosevelt.