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for Tar Heel Junior Historian Vol. 29 Issue 2, Spring 1990
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In the period after the Civil War, 1865-1890, some Afro-Americans in the Piedmont made substantial progress in the business world, with businesses rising from 9 to 104. Types of business included skilled trades, services, and mercantile. Durham was one of the most flourishing cities, with 110 black-owned businesses opening between 1890 and 1915. Berry O'Kelly and Warren C. Coleman were two of the most successful businessmen of the period.
Chartered in 1849 and completed in 1856, the North Carolina Railroad was one of the longest lines of its day. Its 233 miles connected Western counties to the state's seaports and brought population and economic growth to the Piedmont. In 1895, the state, the line's main stockholder, leased the railroad to the Southern Railway for ninety-nine years. The state is considering what to do with the railroad when the lease expires in 1994.