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The Duplin story, an historical play with music

Date: 1950 | Identifier: PS3503.Y5 D8 1950
The Duplin county historical association, incorporated presents The Duplin story; an historical play with music, by Sam Byrd. Produced and directed by Mr. Byrd, production designed and executed by Corwin Rife. Kenansville : J. R. Grady, 1950. [56] p. illus., port. 28 cm. History of public education in Duplin county, by A. T. Outlaw: p. [31-37]. Hampton D. William amphitheatre, Kenansville, North Carolina September 7, 8, 9, 11 and 12, 1950, 8:00. 50 cent per copy. more...
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THE DUPLIN STORY
by SAM BYRD









The
Duplin County Historical Association
Incorporated
PRESENTSThe Duplin Story

AN HISTORICAL PLAY WITH MUSIC

By
SAM BYRD

Produced and Directed by Mr. Byrd
Production Designed and Executed by Corwin Rife
HAMPTON D. WILLIAMS AMPHITHEATRE
Kenansville, North Carolina
September 7, 8, 9, 11 and 12, 1950
8:00 P. M.
50c Per CopyPublished By
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Editor, The Duplin Times
Art Work:
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In repeating “The Duplin Story” for a second season, it is sincerely hoped not only that the production will be enjoyed again by large audiences as it was last year but also that the review of Duplin County's magnificent past record, seen in the light of modern progress, may serve as a steady beacon in leading our people toward a greater present and a finer future.

This is the primary purpose of historical drama, not merely to inform and to entertain but chiefly to act as a stimulating challenge for presentday citizens to emulate the best examples of citizenship, character, courage and vision which have wrought successfully in developing this great land of ours.

May we all so appreciate the immortal spirit of self-sacrifice and public service of our forbears, which made them willing to fight and die for their country, that in these current critical days we may be willing to strive to live and work for the betterment of our communities, state, nation and world, to the end that the heritage we leave our posterity will be even richer and greater than the worthy inheritance we have received from our illustrious predecessors.

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The Duplin Story Staff

Technical DirectorCorwin Rife
Assistant Technical DirectorWilliam Walker
Musical DirectorNaomi Wood
OrganistMarietta Richards
Stained Glass Windows Specially Designed ByStephen Bridges
Special MusicJack Rosenberger

Special Battle Effects:

Capt. William M. Buck and 1st Lieut. James F. Strickland, Co. M., 119th Infantry

Stage ManagerA. M. Davis
Production Assistant to Mr. BrydMargaret E. Williams
Master of PropertiesColon H. Holland
Assistant Musical Director (The Duplin Story Choir)Goldier Alderman
Assistant Musical Director (The Liberty Hall Choir)Cornelia Best
Dance Director for the Square DancersJ. L. Williams

Assistant Directors and Stage Managers:

Pearl C. McGowen, Bessie Kornegay, Catherine Stokes, Hazel Ruth Kornegay, Annie Mae Kenion, W. F. Miller, Louise W. Fussell, James Miller, L. H. Fussell, Samuel E. Godwin, J. N. Horne.

Technical Assistants to Mt. Rife:

Ralph T. Brown, Paul E. Dail, Willard Brinson, Hal Quinn, Richard Atkinson, D. H. McKay, Harry W. Murphy, Eldon Brown, Charles B. Guthrie, Jimmy Johnson.

Assistant Stage ManagersJohn Gilbert Alphin, James Richards

Costume Assistants:

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THE AUTHOR

Sam Byrd is a Southerner born in Mt. Olive, North Carolina, and schooled in Florida. For eleven hundred and fifty-one consecutive performances, he played Dude Lester, that horn-blowing, ball-bouncing Georgia boy in the famous poor-white drama of the South, “Tobacco Road.” For two full seasons he toured the country in the Pulitzer Prize play, “Street Scene.” He played the role of Curley in the Critics’ Prize play, “Of Mice and Men,” and has been featured in many other Broadway productions. After leaving the stage, he paid a long visit to the scenes of his Southern boyhood, and his first book, “Small Town South,” won him a Life-in-America Prize.

Sam Byrd is a lieutenant-commander in the U. S. Naval Reserve. He saw violent action on D-Day as beachmaster of a section of the famous and bloody “Omaha Beach,” where his performance under fire won him two decorations for heroic achievement. He took part in the battle for Okinawa and the Occupation of Japan, where he accepted the surrender of the seaplane base at Sasebo, Kyushu. His second book, “Hurry Home to My Heart,” was inspired by his experiences in Normandy.

The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation awarded Sam Byrd a fellowship in creative writing in 1946, and renewed that fellowship in 1948. A study of the wartime disruption of family life carried him to England in 1946, and to the Mediterranean countries in the summer of 1948. He lectured for the American Information Service in England, and returned to the United States to teach sociology at the College of Charleston, Charleston, South Carolina.

When the people of Duplin County sought someone to recapture the dramatic incidents of the county for the celebration of their two hundredth birthday last year, it was natural that they turn to their neighbor and “grandson,” Sam Byrd. Sam Byrd is emotionally committed to the people of eastern North Carolina. The power of this emotion is inevitably transmitted to “The Duplin Story.” He makes the people of Duplin County in this historical play intensely human. They are real flesh and blood characters concerned with the exciting business of portraying history in the making.

He returns this year for a second production of “The Duplin Story,” which is being shown again by popular demand. Last year he was honored by Kenansville and Duplin County by being made an honorary citizen of both.

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Corwin Rife, technical director and scene designer of “The Duplin Story,” was born in Dayton, Ohio. He has traveled extensively in the United States. His background of art, drama and music gives his work authenticity and breadth. And he's not afraid of work. Since coming to Kenansville last year to help produce “The Duplin Story,” he has “fallen in love” with small town life and, as he puts it, “It is the life of America.” Small town life “fell in love” with Corwin, too. He carved a niche in the hearts of everyone with whom he worked. He, like, Mr. Byrd, was made an honorary citizen of Kenansville and Duplin County.

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The Scenes

PLACE: A Park in London near the Houses of Parliament, and Duplin County, North Carolina

ACT I

Scene 1: A Park in London, September, 1950.

Scene 2: A Tobacco Field near Faison, Summertime, 1950.

Scene 3: The Park in London.

Scene 4: The River Barge Landing at Sarecta, an August afternoon, 1755.

Scene 5: The Park in London.

Scene 6: Command Post of Colonel James Kenan at Rockfish Creek, August 2, 1781.

Scene 7: The Park in London.

Scene 8: An open field “Somewhere in Duplin County,” on a Spring night, 1863.

Scene 9: Liberty Hall, Kenansville, an afternoon in June, 1865.

ACT II

Scene 1: John W. Gresham's General Merchandise Store, Beulaville, high noon, Friday, October 30, 1908.

Scene 2: The Park in London.

Scene 3: Graduation Exercises on the Grounds of the James Sprunt Institute, Kenansville, 4:00 P. M., on the afternoon of May 10, 1910.

Scene 4: The Park in London.

Scene 5: Outside the Warsaw Railroad Station, half an hour before “Shoo-fly” time, a night in May, 1917.

Scene 6: The Park in London.

Scene 7: Victory Sunday morning in Duplin County, August 19, 1945.

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Scene 8: Magnolia High School, Calypso High School, Chinquapin High School, Faison High School.

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Acknowledgements

Amphitheatre grounds donated for the period of the production by Hampton D. Williams, Kenansville. The Wurlitzer Organ and Miss Richards’ Wurlitzer Piano courtesy McGrath and Company, Wilmington. Amphitheatre lighting equipment courtesy Battery D, 150th AAA Gun Battalion, N. C. National Guard, Wallace. Brass Band courtesy the Goldsboro High School. Uniforms by A. T. Jones and Sons, Baltimore. Mr. Byrd's uniform by Pearlman's, Charleston, S. C. Makeup by Zauder Brothers, Inc., New York. Amplification by National School Supply Co., Inc., Raleigh. Special effects recordings by Thomas J. Valentino, New York. Production transfer and haulings by J. O. Stokes, Kenansville. Lighting equipment by Theatre Production Service, New York. Makeup supervised by Market Square Players, Fayetteville. Velvet Stage Curtain serviced by Ideal Laundry and Dry Cleaners, Wilmington.

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Characters In The Play

(In Order of Their Appearance)

Johnny LambertSam ByrdMarthaSarah McKinney
A CommuterZ. W. FrazelleBill BrinsonGarland Brown
Two Girl Students, Barbara Mitchell, Sally NewtonFrank SimmonsC. J. Guy
A NewsboyStephen WilliamsonAlex ChambersA. Q. Smith
A Nurse MaidFrances PattersonJames BrownWendell Evans
Two ShoppersPearl C. McGowen, H. E. PhillipsJere StricklandHerbert Lanier
Jennifer CarringtonPatricia BolamLaFayette BrownHoward Chestnutt
Tony CarringtonAlbert Outlaw, Jr.A Young ConfederateWade Gaylor
A ManO. P. JohnsonColonel Tom KenanL. H. Fussell
A ForemanA. O. WilliamsonHargett KornegayAllen Turner
Two ChildrenLowell Carr, Samuel CarrAlex GuyJohnnie Pope
A BoyJohn Videll JamesMajor Owen KenanHerman Pippin
Two DancersBeatrice Kenan, George Best WilliamsAnnie KenanWillie Sprunt Newkirk
Jim HalsoAustin Baker
Molly BrightEdith Hinnant DickersonTom DavisDarwin Evans
Henry McCullochL. C. PraterJere PearsallJ. N. Horne
Mr. JarvisJ. H. DotsonJesse HorneLloyd Pope
Mr. PidcockGaston F. GradyJack SmithMelvin Pope
Dr. William HoustonH. M. WellsSally DortchEllen Sheffield
Mrs. Ann HoustonEffie OutlawCalvin RogersPearlie Lanier
Archibald HoustonE. Morton SillsTwo ConfederatesSam Carr, J. P. Smith
John PorterM. B. HoltStephen GreshamAdolph Jones
Mrs. PorterBessie HoltWillie GreshamMarion S. Bratcher
Edward MatchetHerman OutlawHirma ThomasWilliam G. Jones, Jr.
Wiliam LewisJohn D. GradyHenry MillerArnold E. Thomas
Mr. MillerFranklin QuinnDave Hugh WallaceGrady Mercer
Mrs. MillerLillian HofflerRodolph DuffyWillie F. Miller
Mr. HillEarl WilliamsJ. J. BowdenWilliam D. Thigpen
Mrs. HillAda WilliamsJames H. CarltonCarlyle C. Raynor
Mr. OutlawJames Allen WilliamsGraham G. BestRansom Mercer
Mrs. OutlawAlice RogersC. M. MiddletonHerman M. Henderson
Miss BerringerEleanor Gay HerringJohn A. Gavin, Jr.J. Roland Edwards
Edward SmithMelvin WilliamsCharles VannWm. Robert Mathews
Clarence MillerJohnnie WilliamsO. W. QuinnJames Miller
Charlie BaxterCorwin RifeCalvin ThomasLeRoy Albertson
Colonel James KenanW. W. HastyI. J. SandlinI. J. Sandlin, Jr.
A MessengerJohnny DurhamMarshall BishopJohn Miller
Captain Thomas JamesHarry BoneyGeorge CavenaughHosea Hunter
An American FlagbearerAdron GoodmanLem BrownLemuel F. Brown
Major GriffenMarvin BrackinC. V. ThomasRaymond L. Davis
Lieutenant LaurensHorace WhaleyLloyd ThomasWilliam D. Brown
A PicketElbert BlantonA BoyBilly Bostic
Major CraigHenry C. MerrittLon MiddletonJ. Macon Brown
Captain GordonJames F. MillerDr. G. W. KennedyRaybourne Kennedy
2nd MessengerJ. R. KingMrs. J. E. L. WinecoffMattie Sadler
Captain James KenanWilliam WalkerRev. J. E. L. WinecoffWilliam E. Craft
Charlie PrinceHarding PowersMiss Elsie GriffenKatherine Wallace
Mammy TilBessie W. CarrMiss Katherine BrownLouise K. Boney
Mrs. Owen KenanMargaret FussellMiss Susan Maxwell GeddieViolette Phillips
LewisRomus KornegayMiss Fannie Gray FarriorMary Anna Allen
An OrderlyJ. H. DaughtryMiss Mary Grace AlfordMable Burgess
Lieutenant Thomas J. BosticWalker McNeilMrs. John Atkinson FerrellElery Guthrie
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Two SoldiersClarence Malpass, Graham BeasleyEugene WinecoffEmory Sadler, Jr.
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CHARACTERS IN THE PLAY—Continued

Rachel MaxwellMary Beth Southerland
Lloyd McGowenJames Edward Brinson
Blossom GavinNorma Mazo
Winnifred M. TurlingtonMary Sue Burch
David H. BridgersWilliam E. Hines, Jr.
Robert S. BrockA. Mitchell Britt
Mrs. Blanche WilsonColene Bartlett
Walter P. BridgersE. H. Butler
Station AgentJ. J. Armstrong
Charles R. GavinJohn Anderson Johnson
LeonaHelen Brown
Chancy CarltonWoodrow Blackburn
Edwin Snyder WoodwardWilliam E. Bartlett
Susie FaisonMary Packer
The SergeantJames N. West
Ralph J. JonesWilliam Boyette
Edgar D. PollockLee E. Brown
James S. PriceWilliam Y. Vann
Adolph L. PridgenRobert L. Bolick
Thomas H. RhodesWilliam Best
Gordon MiddletonCharles Hale
Levi MooreJohn N. Fonvielle
Paul OutlawN. A. Mitchell
John M. PierceH. C. Allen
Dudley B. HillWilbur Boney
Two Altar Boys James H. Cottle, Jr., James Davis Fussell
The MinisterLauren R. Sharpe

Tobacco Field Chorus: Isabelle McGowen, Annie McCann, Berta B. Kornegay, Maude S. Horton, Robert A. Merritt, Luther J. Sutton, Mildred J. Davis, Ozie M. B. Wilson, Cornelia Best, Adele Whitehead, Mary K. Smith, Pearl M. Maye, Rachel Batts, M. A. Monk, F. M. James, B. L. Beaty, Edith Hinnant Dickerson, W. E. Smith, T. A. Thompson, A. H. Brewington, Julia Galbreith, Beulah B. Larkin, Zettie Brinson, G. A. Maye, J. B. Dafford, Lillie B. Hall, Johnny Williams, Jr., Thelma D. Brown, Thelma Outlaw, Ruby Whitehead, Geraldine Nobles, Janet Middleton, Leo Middleton, Sue Dell McCallop, Thurman Cooper, George Best Williams, Beatrice Kenan.

Children At The Tobacco Barn: Dorothy L. Merritt, Lorraine Brinson, John A. Southerland, Grace Middleton, Doretha Southerland, Mary H. Middleton, Margaret Ann Faison, Janie M. Miller, Dorothy Murphy, Louetta Savage, Veronia Kenan, Rosetta Cooper, Helen Cooper, Barbara Faison, Delia Faison, Pethual Hall, Mary L. Prigeon, Norma L. Sharpless, Leo Judge, Normal Sharpless.

Bargemen: L. G. Kornegay, Ray Franklin Smith, Gilbert Smith, Robert Smith.

Indian Men: Bobby Paige, Robert Hines, Herman Houston.

Indians: Bettie Rae Quinn, Bettie Sue Turner, Ruth Ann Harper, Helon Smith, Geraldine Williams, Judy Dell Wallace, Norma Allen Smith, Benny Rogers, Shelby Jean Williams, Don Wells.

Minuet Dancers: Carolyn Outlaw, Kenneth Smith, Connie Jo Wells, George Westbrook, Lewis Westbrook, Melvin Williams, Patricia Herring, Virginia Ann Simmons, Hugh Smith, Jr., Brenda Grady, Hess Davis, Jr., Ralph Gene Dotson, Carole Williams, Ben Scott Turner, Bobby Jock Herring.

Highland Fling Dancers: Peggy Jean Grady, Nancy Evelyn Alphin, Lou Gene Smith, Marilyn Stroud, Jeanette Kelly, Millie Burch, Dianne Stokes, Emogene Williams.

British Soldiers: Willard Hardison, Roland Quinn, Raburn Lanier, Ervin Dobson, Jimmy Johnson, Donald Miller, Bobby Miller, Frederick Albertson, A. F. Shaw, Murphy Thigpen, Jerry Thigpen, Richard McDonald, Waitus Cowan, David Allen Sandlin, Alfred Basden, Ellie Ray Maready, Preacely Quinn, Ted Clark, Elwood Batts, Elbert Jones, Adonis Quinn, Donald Edwards, Harold Cottle, W. D. Bostic, Robert Rhodes, Lynwood Feutral, Jimmy Norris, Roger Everton, Ervin Whaley, Horace Rhodes, Harry L. Brown, William Sutton, Rodney Hall, Harmon Register, Lonnie Thornton, Jerrel Quinn, Boyce Boyette, John Jenkins, Arnold Jones, Milton Smith, Robert Costin, Frank Bell, Grover Hall, Corbett Register, Arnold R. Strickland, Marshall Jones, Paul Berry, Bobby Boone, William Houston, Carl Pate, Charles Guy, Leamon Mathis, Sam Martin, Harmon Register, Milton Smith, Harry Murphy, Robert J. Costin, Julius Steed, Robert Creech, N. Lewis.

American Militiamen: Cecil Outlaw, Wendell Alphin, J. C. King, Hubert Kornegay, Billy Summerlin, Derald Brown, R. C. Thigpen, Donald Murphy, K. W. Casteen, Ray Sanderson, Jesse Hall, Billy Jones, Emmerson Pridgen, Richard Best.

The Duplin Rifles: Ralph Best, Jr., Joe Jackson, Bernell Miller, Harold Stanley, Ellsworth Dail, Morris Wiggins, Boyd Barfied, Johnnie Letchworth, Roy Brock, Frank Barfield, Lothy Williams, J. W. Mozingo, Donald Whitfield, Graham Lewis, Kenneth Kennedy, Rodney Lambert, Wyatt Roberts, Don Guy, Leslie Nunn, Douglas Pigford, Charles Guy, Billy Nunn, Warren Herring, Victor Taylor, Frank Precythe, Jack Adams, Cub Adams, Jerry Fouts, Curtis Cates, Brooks Cates, Charles Lee, Gerald Aman, Tommy Faison, Richard Byrd, Jack Hobbs, Ray Taylor, Floyd Sutton, Lloyd Sutton, Tommy Cottle, Ronald Bell, Roy James, Donald R. Matthews, Jimmy Padgett, Buster Precythe, Rayburn Batchelor, Freddie Futreal, Gerald Morton, Delaney Evans, Shelton Lanier, Carl Brown, James E. Lanier, D. C. Futral, Rudy Halso, Earnest Jarman, Glen Maready, James Norris, Bradley Wall, Rifton Maready, J. T. Easter, Edwin Lanier, Lois Williams, N. E. Gresham, Jr., Conrad Sloan.

Children at Beulaville: Ella Rose Mercer, Roslyn Janet Trott, Jackie Williams, Royce Jones, Michael J. Miller.

The Duplin County Square Dancers: James A. Ward and Peggy Ward, J. I. Smith and Mrs. J. I. Smith, R. B. Dickson and Martha Dickson, R. F. Knowles and Mrs. Lillie Belle Brummitt, Faison Smith and Mrs. Faison Smith, Clifton J. Knowles and Mrs. Lina Potter, Charlton Sandlin and Mrs. J. D. Sandlin, Horace Ward and Mrs. Horace Ward, Clarence Murphy and Mrs. Clarence Murphy, A. L. Ward and Mrs. A. L. Ward, Charles Knowles and Shirley Wilson, Jack Brinson and Macy Brinson, J. L. Williams and Margaret Williams, Faison Delano Smith and Lou Gene Smith, Larry Bostic and Margaret B. Edwards, Clarence Boone and Mrs. Clarence Boone, B. F. Outlaw and Mrs. B. F. Outlaw.

Musicians at Beulaville: Donald Stroud and his “Dixie Pals,” J. C. Bryant, Lynwood Brinkley, Charles Albertson.

Students at the James Sprunt Institute: Juniors—Sarah Brown, Hazel Parker, Katie Mae Quinn, Mary Lee Rouse, Jesse Ruth Brown; Sophomores—Patricia Bell, Carol Burgess, Sarah West Outlaw, Mattie Brown, Katherine Quinn, Juanita Dunn, Jeanette Matthis; Freshmen—Florrie Currie, Nadine Brinson, Gail Newton, Rebecca Grady, Betty Ingram, Patsy Quinn, Marjorie Jones, Sylvia Gooding.

Townspeople at the Warsaw Railroad Station: Mary Elizabeth Packer, Joyce Jones, Coleen Bartlette, Peggy Mitchel, Patsy Kornegay, Betty Phillips, Mary Gray Davis, Dorothy Eason, Stella Herring, Doris Mozingo, Aline Ritter, Gertrude Steed, Charlotte Frederickson, Ann Bowden, Dorothy Blackburn, Carol Carlton, Claudia Carlton.

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The outstanding success of last year's production of “The Duplin Story” was in a large measure due to the splendid interest and cooperation of our own Duplin County citizens, and one of our main leaders in stimulating that interest and cooperation was Gilbert E. Alphin, Jr., who was then president of the Duplin County Historical Association, under whose auspices the production was planned and staged.

A native of the Wolfscrape Township of Duplin County, Mr. Alphin was born and bred with a love for his native section. After attending the Mount Olive grammar school, however, he went to the Glen Alpine high school in the western part of North Carolina and then entered business at Morganton.

His father, G. E. Alphin, Sr., had long owned a store and farm in Duplin County and the son returned to this section to take over the operation of those two business enterprises. For a time he was a fertilizer salesman in the area, then went into business for himself. Since 1947 he has been Duplin County's tax collector.

For the past year he, his wife and their five children have resided at Kenansville. He is a former president and zone chairman of the Lions Club, a Mason and Shriner, and a steward in the Bethel Methodist Church.

Residents of this county appreciate his hard work and keen interest in devoting so much of his time to helping put over “The Duplin Story” so successfully and to assisting as such a splendid leader last year as head of its sponsoring organization.


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J. E. SheffieldElsie MortonRifton Raynor
Jim GradyBetty Jean JohnsonJoan Maready
Henry West, Jr.Shelby SheffieldFred Pickett
Kirby J. SmithMabel G. BroadhurstH. S. Waite
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Mrs. L. C. AldermanSanford PackerHelen Smith
Barbara WilsonR. V. WellsMrs. John Pierce
Lucille BowdenE. V. VestalMrs. Allen Draughan, Sr.
Hazel Ruth KornegayNorwood McCullenJennie K. Sanderson
Annie Thelma HarmonElizabeth F. LanierAmos Q. Brinson
Dee GreshamBertha S. HollingsworthJames Robert Southerland
Helen NewboldBob HerringMolly James
Mary Esther FutrealMargaret ReynoldsNancy Norris
Carolyn SasserWilma Grey RivenbarkJ. S. Blair
Miriam TurnerThelma DildaySteve Mallard
Virginia A. SmithMartha PotterKate Futrell
Mrs. Thelma StroudEula Lee BrittJanice Brown
Elizabeth S. PattersonMary Lee RaynorEvelyn Ground
R. F. WadkinsZada Lee SoutherlandMrs. Park Pridgen
B. W. GradyBarbara TuckerRuby G. Newton
Mrs. Louise MitchellMary Anna GradyWilbert A. Jones
J. M. CurrieMargaret DailBernice A. Farrior
Peggy WardDora B. BellBertha James
Lorena B. VestalMaude P. SmithIda Mae Sanderson
Mrs. Dixon WoodMrs. George BennettEstelle Rivenbark
Quinnie BrinsonVirginia EasleyDr. C. V. Zibelin
Hazel LewisMyrtle K. QuinnHarold Hawn
Mary Edna WatersM. T. TuckerGlen Brown
Mildred StevensLeonard L. JennettSimon Jones
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Veressie WilliamsOthell Faison BrockMinnie J. Branch
Maggie JamesAlpha L. ThompsonAnnie McCann
Lillian FarriorF. H. LevingstonBerta B. Kornegay
Edith Hinnant DickersonJ. V. SummersettSudie Stackhouse
Winnie E. DixonHattie RoyallMaude S. Horton
Mary T. ChalmersLena M. BrancheRobert A. Merritt
Charles ChalmersH. E. GillLuther J. Sutton
Mary D. StanfordSallie L. KornegayMildred J. Davis
Othonia HillT. M. MooreOzie M. B. Wilson
Wilma WallaceAnnie Mae KenionCornelia Best
Lillie M. B. WatersDorothy B. ThorpeAdele Whitehead
Willie P. FennellP. L. GrahamMary K. Smith
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The Kenan Memorial Auditorium, illustrated above, is an important addition to the school system and community life of Duplin County.

The building is being built as a memorial to the Kenan family and is made possible by the substantial contributions of Mrs. Jessie Kenan Wise, Mrs. Graham Kenan and Mr. William Rand Kenan. Supplementary money is being provided by local contributions and funds made available by the Board of Commissioners and Board of Education of Duplin County. Proceeds from “The Duplin Story” are also to apply on completion of this building.

This building is almost completed, and is a realization of a dream of many years of Mr. O. P. Johnson, Superintendent of Duplin County Schools. It is largely through his untiring efforts in planning, organizing and directing that this building has become a reality. While the structure is a county-wide function in every way, it fills a long-felt need for the county schools in providing an adequate and permanent building for educational gatherings of all kinds.

As a part of the ever expanding educational facilities the structure will not only provide a gymnasium and supplementary physical education program for the high school but it will also provide an auditorium, a meeting place for county-wide gatherings of all kinds. Containing a lobby, ticket and concession areas, the building will also provide ample storage facilities, men and women toilets, and locker and shower facilities for both home and visiting athletic teams of boys and girls. The large stage at the rear of the building is equipped with dressing rooms and toilets.

The general exterior construction is of brick with cinder block back-up and stone trim. Locker and shower facilities will be tiled. Steel roof trusses 100 feet in length provide a clear span and unobstructed area for reviewing stage and athletic programs. The main floor area will be maple and provides space for two practice courts or one college regulations basketball court.

When equipped for a stage program the main floor can be provided with removable seats. When used for basketball, boxing or other indoor athletic events, approximately 2,300 patrons will be comfortably seated in stadiums on each side above the locker rooms and above the front entrance, and in rollaway seats to be installed on the playing floor.

This mammoth auditorium is 102 feet wide and 142 feet long and is one of many public buildings planned by Leslie N. Boney, architect, of Wilmington, N. C. Mr. Boney, a native of Duplin County from Wallace, has been architect for the Board of Education since 1923 and has prepared the plans for more than 40 separate school contracts including new buildings and additions, during this period.

The county is now planning to build more than $500,000 worth of additional school facilities as a part of the state 50 million dollar expansion program.





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Duplin County is located in the Coastal Plains and rich agricultural section of the state. There are nine incorporated towns in the county. It is served by the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad and hard-surfaced roads in all directions with good farm-to-market roads.

Principal Crops Are Tobacco (9th in State), Hogs (6th in World), Cotton, Corn, Strawberries, Cucumbers, Potatoes, Beans, and Blueberries.

Principal Industries Are Canning and Preserving Fruits and Vegetables, Lumber and Millwork, Packing Crates and Containers, Stock and Poultry Feeds, Corn Meal





HISTORY OF
PUBLIC EDUCATION IN
DUPLIN COUNTY

By A. T. OUTLAW

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An announcement has appeared in the county papers concerning the opening of schools for the 1950-51 season.

This is the one hundred and ninth year of public schools in Duplin and it has been announced that the schools will play a prominent part in the coming mid-century showing of Sam Byrd's “Duplin Story” drama. Therefore the following outline of Duplin's early schools should be appropriate at this time.—A. T. O.

During the years 1839 and 1840 the General Assembly of North Carolina provided for a statewide system of schools. The counties were authorized to name a board of school superintendents, lay off districts, appoint committeemen, levy a tax, build houses, employ teachers and start the schools. It was provided that county taxes be supplemented by funds from the State Literary Fund. That fund had been created for school purposes. Judge Archibald D. Murphey of Orange County was generally regarded as the father of the entire plan, due to his untiring efforts in that respect, but he did not live to see the beginning of the system. Prior to that time only those who were able to pay for private instruction or for board and tuition at an academy had any educational advantages.

Under the acts of the Assembly the question of schools or no schools was made optional with the counties. Duplin County promptly fell in line with the plan and the County Court proceeded to set up the machinery and levy a tax for schools. The Court met in April, 1841, with the following named members present, to-wit: Benjamin F. Grady, Chairman; Cornelius McMillan, Nicholas Hall, Thomas Stanford and Jesse Swinson. A majority of the Justices being present it was ordered that a Board of Superintendents of Schools be appointed consisting of the following named perons, to-wit: John E. Hussey, Archibald Maxwell, David Sloan, Atlas J. Grady, Joseph T. Rhodes, Benjamin Lanier, Daniel Jones, Cornelius McMillan and James G. Stokes. Capt. David Sloan was made Chairman of the board and gave bond in the sum of $2,500, with Owen R. Kenan and Halstead Bourden as bondsmen. The first school tax was levied in January, 1841, at the rate of five cents on the one hundred dollars valuation of property and ten cents on the poll. School districts were designated and committeemen were appointed, substantially as follows:

First district in the neighborhood of the Meadow meeting-house with Thomas Burton, Nathan Murray and John James as committeemen.

Second district in the Fountain neighborhood near Capt. John Fountain with Capt. Fountain, Howell Brown and Mathew Brinson as committeemen.

Third district in the neighborhood of Dennis Pickett with Dennis Pickett, James Lanier and Jesse Batts as committeemen.

Fourth district in the neighborhood of Col. John E. Hussey with Gregory Thomas, John Bostic and Jesse Brown, Jr., as committeemen.

Fifth district in the Sandlin neighborhood with Henry Sandlin, Drew Hall and Thomas P. Hall as committeemen.

Sixth district in the neighborhood of Joseph T. R. Miller with Joseph T. R. Miller, William H. Rhodes and James L. Smith as committeemen.

Seventh district in the neighborhood of Capt. Jones Smith with Dr. James H. Jarman, William Williams and John Smith as committeemen.

Eighth district in the Grady neighborhood with Sherwood Grady, James P. Davis and Daniel H. Simmons as committeemen.

Ninth district in the Outlaw's Bridge section with Capt. William Outlaw, Bryan K. Outlaw and Edward Outlaw, Sr., as committeemen.

Tenth district in the neighborhood of James Winders with Giles T. Loftin, James Sullivan and James Winders as committeemen.

Eleventh district in the John Carr neighborhood with Dr. James G. Dickson, Benjamin Oliver and John Carr as committeemen.

Twelfth district in what is now Glisson Township with Harget Kornegay, William Herring and Mark Keithley as committeemen.

Thirteenth district near the home of Calvin J. Dickson with James Gillespie, Levi Swinson and Calvin Dickson as committeemen.

Fourteenth district in the Faison section with Elias Faison, James Hicks and Joseph B. Hurst as committeemen.

Fifteenth district in the neighborhood of Dr. Buckner L. Hill with Col. C. D. Hill, William W. Faison and John Shine as committeemen.





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Sixteenth district in the neighborhood of Alfred Guy with A. T. Stanford, Daniel Newton and Alfred Guy as committeemen.

Seventeenth district near the home of Col. James K. Hill with Colonel Hill, Daniel Swinson and B. Williams as committeemen.

Eighteenth district in the neighborhood of Jonathan Gore with Capt. John Blanchard, John Pollock and Patrick Ezzell as committeemen.

Nineteenth district in the neighborhood of James Patterson with Rolin Best, John Frederick and Michael Boyette as committeemen.

Twentieth district in the neighborhood of Joseph Groves with Jacob Wells, William Wells and Jacob Taylor as committeemen.

Twenty-first district in the neighborhood of Capt. Stephen Williams with James K. Williams, Zack Williams and John Peterson as committteemen.

Twenty-second district in the neighborhood of Solomon Turner with Col. Wright Boney, Capt. Boney Wells and William Usher as committeemen.

Twenty-third district in the neighborhood of Wimbrick Boney with Wells Boney, Hiram Murray and Henry Teachey as committeemen.

Twenty-fourth district in the Ward neighborhood with Alfred Ward, Stephen Williams and John W. Boney as committeemen.

Twenty-fifth district in the neighborhood of James Mallard with John Mallard, Joseph Brooks and John Powell as committeemen.

Twenty-sixth district in the neighborhood of Capt. John Whitehead with Captain Whitehead, James Maxwell and John Dobson as committeemen.

Twenty-seventh district in the Carroll neighborhood with John D. Carroll, William Carr and Ozborn Carr as committeemen.

Twenty-eighth district in the neighborhood of the Grove church near Kenansville with Capt. James Carroll, Henry Moore and John Forlaw as committeemen.

Twenty-ninth district in the neighborhood of Dark Branch with Maj. George E. Houston, William D. Pearsall and Richard Miller as committeemen.

Thirtieth District in the neighborhood of Beaverdam Church, now Magnolia, with Thomas Stanford, William Swinson and John Swinson as committeemen.

A list of the first teachers would be very interesting but that information has not been found. Only three deeds were given for school sites during the year 1841. The first was by Mary Heath and others for a site on a branch of Beaverdam, dated September 23, 1841. The second was by Daniel Swinson for a school at Friendship, dated September 29, 1841, and the third was by Owen West for a site adjoining the Carlton meeting house, dated October 18, 1841. A number of sites were given during the next year. During recent years the consolidated schools somewhat take the place of the original system.

It is also an interesting fact that prior to and even after the beginning of public schools, Duplin County ranked among the foremost counties of the State in the number of private educational institutions. Many of North Carolina's most distinguished sons were students in Duplin's early institutions. Some of these institutions operated for only a short time and others lasted until recent years. A list of them, possibly incomplete, is as follows:

GROVE ACADEMY. Located near the present town of Kenansville, was established during the year 1785. The original trustees were Colonel Thomas Routledge, General James Kenan, Colonel David Dodd, Colonel William Dickson, Major James Gillespie, Major Thomas Gray, John James, Israel Bordeaux and Joseph Dickson. It will be seen that this old academy was established prior to our State University. With few intermissions, it was in operation until about thirty years ago.

ANGEL ACADEMY. Located on Blake's Mill branch, a branch of Rockfish, in the southern part of the County near the present town of Wallace. The date of organization and the names of trustees cannot be given. In Book 3A, page 149, of Duplin County Registry, it is referred to as “Angel's School House,” dated 1794.

GREENE ACADEMY. Location at present unknown and no definite information is at hand concerning it. It was organized about the year 1813.

GOSHEN ACADEMY. Located in the upper Goshen section of the County and near the home of Benjamin Hodges. It was organized about the year 1813-14. No further information.

About the year 1814 there was an act of the General Assembly “to establish a free school in Duplin” but no definite information can be given at this time.

FRIENDSHIP ACADEMY. Located in the Friendship Community, was established by an Act of the General Assembly in the year 1823. The original trustees were Colonel David Hooks, Colonel James K. Hill, Marshall H. Hooks, Henry Winders, Robert McGowen, Andrew Hurst, Thomas Molton, Robert Middleton and David Wright.

WILLIAMS ACADEMY. Located in the neighborhood of the Cooper old mill, was established during the year 1825. The trustees were General William L. Hill, John Cooper, Benjamin Cooper, Blaney Williams, Branch Williams, Francis Williams, Robert Middleton, David Middleton, Libeus Middleton, James Middleton, Benjamin Best, Sr., Benjamin Best, Jr., Herrald Blackmore, John Boyette and Thomas Phillips.

LINE ACADEMY. Located in Sampson County just across the Duplin-Sampson line and was really a Duplin-Sampson institution. It was established during the year 1825. Six of the original thirteen trustees were citizens of Duplin, as follows: Colonel Thomas Kenan, Daniel L. Kenan, John W. Whitfield, James M. Nixon, William Wright and John Beck Wright. The others of the original trustees were citizens of Sampson, as follows: Thomas K. Morrisey, William Morrisey,





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BETHEL ACADEMY. Located in the lower Goshen neighborhood and near where Wesley church now stands. It was established in the year 1828. The original trustees were Reverend David O. Shattuck, General Stephen Miller, Richard Miller, George Miller, Major George E. Houston, James Pearsall, Jeremiah Pearsall, James Chambers, Charles Chambers, John Chambers and Howell Best.

HANNAH MOORE ACADEMY. Located in the lower Goshen neighborhood and only a few miles from the Bethel Academy. The date of organization cannot be given. In a deed from James Pearsall, dated 1837, the following named persons were trustees: General Stephen Miller, Richard Miller, Jeremiah Pearsall, William D. Pearsall, Edward Hill, Thomas Hill, Herrald Blackmore, Harper Williams, James M. Larkins and John Oliver.

WASHINGTON ACADEMY. Located in the Outlaw's Bridge community. It was established prior to or about the year 1848. In a deed from Captain William Outlaw, dated 1848, the following named persons were trustees: Bryan K. Outlaw, Joseph W. Outlaw, Grady Outlaw, James Outlaw, and George Outlaw.

DUNN-FAISON ACADEMY. Located in the neighborhood of the present town of Faison, organized prior to or about the year 1842. In a deed from James Dunn, dated 1842, the following named persons were trustees: G. W. Huffham, James Hicks, Kilby Faison and Isham Hicks.

WARSAW HIGH SCHOOL. Located at Warsaw, was established about the year 1855. In a deed from General William L. Hill, dated January 25, 1855, the following named persons were trustees: Colonel Abner M. Faison, Felix B. Millard and Curtis C. Oates.

MAGNOLIA MALE ACADEMY. Located at Magnolia, was incorporated March 31, 1858. The academy site was given by Milton K. DeVane, Leonard A. Merriman, Alfred M. Rackley and James B. B. Monk.

MAGNOLIA GRADED SCHOOL. Located at Magnolia, was authorized by an act of the General Assembly of 1883, and operated for several years. Dr. M. K. DeVane, Dr. McMillan, G. W. Grinkley, Henry Hollingsworth, and H. E. Newberry were the original trustees.

LA PLACE ACADEMY. Located in the northern end of the county, was organized prior to or about the year 1861. In a deed from Benjamin F. Cobb, dated 1861, the following named persons were trustees: Isham Southerland and Alexander S. Davis.

FRANKLIN MILITARY INSTITUTE. Located a few miles east of Faison, was organized a short time prior to the Civil War and was operated by Captain Claude B. Denson. Practically all of the students entered the service of the Confederacy in a company commanded by Captain Denson.

KENANSVILLE SEMINARY. Located at Kenansville, was organized about the year 1856 as shown by a deed from Dr. Needham W. Herring to the trustees, dated July 10, 1856. In the year 1861 the trustees were as follows: Ozborn Carr, James Dickson, Dickson Mallard, James E. Hall, Robert B. Carr, James B. Carr, James M. Sprunt, Owen R. Kenan, Isaac B. Kelly, Chauncy W. Graham and William E. Hill. The Seminary was later known as Webster Institute and was purchased by Prof. R. W. Millard who operated the school for many years.

OAK GROVE ACADEMY. Located in the Pollock neighborhood. In a deed from Alfred W. Pollock, dated August 28, 1888, the following named persons were trustees: L. C. Carlton, J. R. Wilson and R. F. Best.

JAMES SPRUNT INSTITUTE. Located at Kenansville. It was established in 1896 by Henry Farrior, Sr., and Dr. James W. Blount of Kenansville. In a deed from them, dated August, 1897, the following named persons were the original trustees: Henry Farrior, Sr., Dr. James W. Blount, Oscar Pearsall, A. F. Johnson, J. D. Currie, R. V. Lancaster, Peter McIntire, James Sprunt and B. F. Hall. This Institute was in operation until a few years ago.

FAISON HIGH SCHOOL. Located at Faison. It was established during the year 1901. In a deed from Isham R. Faison, dated November 12, 1901, the following named persons were trustees: Dr. John M. Faison, I. L. Faison, B. B. Witherington, A. F. Johnson, W. M. Cummings, R. M. Williams, L. P Best, S. H. Isler, Dr H. L. Smith, and D. W. McGeachey. This institution was in active operation for a number of years.

ELHANAN SCHOOL. Located at Charity. It was organized in February, 1904. In a deed from O. W. Moore the following named persons were trustees: D. H. Murphy, Henry Farrior, George W. Gaylor, W. L. Bryan and O. W. Rouse.

FAISON INDUSTRIAL SCHOOL. Located at Faison and was organized for colored people during the year 1903. The following named persons served as trustees: A. R. Middleton, D. A. Williams, H. C. Wright, I. S. Moore, N. Moore, S. C. Carroll, Peter Johnson and R. A. Spears.

The foregoing outline of the county schools proves the statement often made that the calibre of the people of Duplin County compares favorably with any county in the State. A large number of men who attended school in Duplin became conspicuous in the affairs of the County, State and Nation. A complete list could not be given but only a few now in mind will be mentioned:

Dr. William Dickson, a physician, who moved from this neighborhood to Tennessee and became Speaker of the State House of Representatives and three times a member of Congress from that State.

Rev. John Nicholas Stallings, D.D., was an outstanding Baptist divine of this State, and had previously been an able lawyer, teacher, and a very useful man in many ways.





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Prof. Benjamin Franklin Grady, was a well known educator and twice a member of Congress from this State.

Colonel Thomas S. Kenan was a lawyer, legislator, attorney-general of the State, and clerk of the State Supreme Court for many years.

Rev. John Dickson Stanford was a lawyer, politician, and a Presbyterian minister of this County for many years.

Judge Wade Hampton Kornegay was a well-known lawyer of the State of Oklahoma. He was a member of the State Constitutional Convention and served a term as an Associate Justice of the State Supreme Court.

Senator F. M. Simmons, a lawyer, political leader, Congressman, and for many years a United States Senator.

State Senator Alfred D. Ward, a lawyer of great ability, political leader and State Senator. He was a law partner of Senator Simmons.

Judge Oliver H. Allen, lawyer, Solicitor and Superior Court Judge. He was a school mate of Simmons at the old Grove Academy near Kenansville. Prof. Samuel W. Clement was their teacher.

Judge William R. Allen, a lawyer of great ability, Superior Court Judge and later a Justice of the State Supreme Court. He was a pupil of Prof. R. W. Millard at the old Seminary in Kenansville.

Dr. John M. Faison, a practicing physician for many years, politician and a member of the United States Congress. He was a pupil in the Faison Male Academy.

General Samson L. Faison, a military leader of great ability who distinguished himself during the World War.

James O. Carr, a lawyer and political leader, of Wilmington. United States District Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina.

Miss Mary Jarman, daughter of Sarah (Davis) and McLendal Jarman of Duplin County, attended the old Hannah Moore Academy. She married Furnifold G. Simmons of Jones County and they were the parents of Senator Simmons. The Simmons family lived in Kenansville during the Civil War when the Senator was a boy of nine and ten years of age. The Senator's maternal grandparents are buried in an old family cemetery near Hebron church. The Simmons home in Kenansville is now owned and occupied by Prof. O. P. Johnson, Superintendent of Duplin Schools.

Miss Margaret (Maggie) Monk, daughter of Ann (Maxwell) and James B. B. Monk, attended the old Grove Academy in Kenansville. She was taught by Dr. James M. Sprunt. She married Dr. Charles Hooks Harris of Cedartown, Georgia, and they were the parents of United States Senator William J. Harris, General Peter Charles Harris, and others equally distinguished. The town of Magnolia was named in honor of Miss Margaret Monk. Dr. Harris was a grandson of Col. Charles Hooks of Duplin County.

Dr. Frank Porter Graham, erstwhile President of the State University and now serving as North Carolina's Junior United States Senator, is a great grandson of Capt. David Sloan, Duplin's first chairman of the Board of School Superintendents.

The Dickson Charity Fund, created by the will of Col. Alexander Dickson in 1813, was intended for the education of poor children before the public school system started. It was later managed by the Board of School Superintendents and the annual interest on the principal sum was distributed to the several school districts. It is still in existance.

Greetings to Duplin County and

“THE DUPLIN STORY”

EFIRD'S DEPARTMENT STORES

Goldsboro — Wilmington

N. C. CONSOLIDATED HIDE CO., Inc.

Goldsboro, N. C.

WILLIFORD'S DEPT. STORE

EVERYTHING IN CLOTHING

PIECEGOODS

FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY

Warsaw, N. C.

In Goldsboro It's

NEIL JOSEPH'S

FOR THE LADIES

SOUTHLAND MFG. CO.

Manufacturers of

BLOCK'S SHIRTS

Wilmington, N. C.

BEVERLY PAUL'S

Famous Hot Dogs

JULIEN K. TAYLOR

GOOD CLOTHES

Wilmington, N. C.

More For Your Money At

BLANCHARD PONTIAC CO.

Wallace, N. C.





Sash, Doors, Sheetrock, Rock Lath, Rock Wool, Plaster, Lime, Cement, Brick, Mortar, Paints, Terra Cotta Pipe, Drain Tile, White Asbestos Siding, Asphalt Shingles, All Kinds of Roll Roofing, 5-V Roofing, Brick Siding.

Z. J. CARTER & SON

Wallace, N. C.

A Sponsor of “The Duplin Story”

A. C. HALL HARDWARE CO.

EVERYTHING IN

HARDWARE

Wallace, N. C.

A Sponsor of “The Duplin Story”


[Illustration:

CHARLIE HERRING
]

The Best Place to SELL TOBACCO in KINSTON is

STAR WAREHOUSE

CHARLIE HERRING

Son of Duplin

Proprietor






[Illustration:

CAPT. McGILVERY BUCK
Assistant to Sam Byrd
in Battle of Rock Fish Scene]


[Illustration:

H. D. WILLIAMS
Lawyer, Farmer
Donor of “The Duplin Story” Site]


[Illustration:

A. M. DAVIS
Stage Director]


[Illustration:

PEARL McGOWEN
Chairman of Costumes]


[Illustration:

MARGARET WILLIAMS
Production Assistant]


[Illustration:

WM. “DUSTY” WALKER
Assistant to Mr. Rife]


[Illustration:

A. C. HOLLAND
Assistant to Stage Manager]


[Illustration:

Z. W. FRAZZELLE
Principal Kenansville School]


[Illustration:

GEORGE PENNEY
Grounds Manager]





Headquarters

For

VITA-VAR

PAINTS

Farmers’ Hardware Co.

Warsaw, N. C.

Compliments of

WALLACE WHOLESALE CO.

Wallace, N. C.

WARSAW SHOE STORE

“Shoes For The Entire Family”

Warsaw, N. C.

Make Our Store Your Headquarters

KENANSVILLE DRUG STORE

AMOS BRINSON, Mgr.

Kenansville, N. C.

M. F. ALLEN, JR.

General Insurance

Kenansville's Only Insurance Agency

Kenansville, N. C.

J. D. HARRISON

UNDERWOOD

Typewriters, Adding Machines, Supplies, Sales and Repairs

228 Princess St. — Wilmington, N. C.

Phone 5938


[Illustration:

“THE SYMBOL OF QUALITY”
]


[Illustration:

P&Co
Pearsall &Company Symbol]


[Illustration:

Pearsall &Company
Manufacturers of
BEST GRADE FERTILIZERS
Wilmington, N.C.]

Our Congratulations To Duplin County

and The Duplin Story

As always, Weil's in Goldsboro endeavors to bring to the people of Eastern Carolina only the highest quality, highest fashion merchandise . . . both at the lowest price possible . . . upholding the confidence you have placed in us as the leading fashion store in Eastern Carolina for over 85 years.





More Production Workers


[Illustration:

EDITH HINNANT DICKERSON
Soprano]


[Illustration:

ANNIE MAE KENION
Supervisor Negro Schools, Duplin]


[Illustration:

HAMPTON D. WILLIAMS’ AMPHITHEATRE IN THE MAKING
]





Johnson Cotton Company of Wallace, Inc.

EVERYTHING FOR THE FARM AND HOME

“Cash If You Have It, Credit If You Need It”

Welcome To Kenansville

YORE STORE

Groceries — Market

KADIS
CLOTHIERS

Goldsboro — Mt. Olive

Cash or Credit

THOMAS OFFICE SUPPLY CO.

25 Years Same Business, Same Location

Goldsboro, N. C.

PHONE 243

Compliments of

THOMPSON-WOOTEN OIL CO.

Goldsboro — Kinston

Compliments of

M. L. LANIER

GENERAL MERCHANDISE

PHILCO APPLIANCES — WASHING MACHINES

Chinquapin, N. C.

WILMINGTON FERTILIZER CO.

FERTILIZERS FOR ALL CROPS

Grow Better Tobacco With

GOLDEN EAGLE BRAND

We Buy Small and Large Tracts of PINE AND CYPRESS TIMBER

CASEY LUMBER COMPANY

Rocky Point, N. C.






[Illustration:

AT A RIVER BARGE LANDING AT SARECTA ON AN AUGUST AFTERNOON, 1755
]


[Illustration:

Corwin Rife plays the role of Charlie Baxter, a philosophical Sarecta baker who drums for the militia. When Henry
McCulloch (L. C. Prater) arrives at the river barge landing one August afternoon in 1755 to visit at Sarecta, it is a
holiday for the villagers who gather to greet him. Baxter leaves his bake shop to entertain his old friend McCulloch
with some fancy drumming.

]





We Wish To Congratulate The Fine Citizens of Duplin County on

“THE DUPLIN STORY”

J. G. ANDERSON, SR.

J. G. ANDERSON, JR.

Developers of

New Topsail Beach, N. C.

Compliments of

FAISON BUICK CO.

Jacksonville, N. C.

Compliments

DAINTY MAID BAKERY

Kinston, N. C.

ENRICHED BREAD AND ROLLS

Compliments of

SUNSHINE LAUNDRY

DRY CLEANERS — LAUNDERERS — RUG CLEANERS

Wilmington, N. C.

BROWN SUPPLY CO.

Richlands, N. C.

SALES — SERVICE

Refrigeration — Electric Motors — Washing Machines

COTTAGE GRILL

WHERE “IT'S A TREAT TO EAT”

Magnolia, N. C.

With the Compliments and Best Wishes of the Mt. Olive FCX Service Goldsboro FCX Service

Mt. Olive, N. C.

Goldsboro, N. C.

Lenoir FCX Service

Kinston, N. C.

TRADING CENTERS FOR COASTAL PLAINS FARMERS

BARNES & COX MOTOR CO.

105 West Blount Street

Kinston, N. C.

PACKARD — HUDSON

SALES AND SERVICE

Best In Used Cars

PHONE 3939 or 4133






[Illustration:

COMMAND POST OF COL. JAMES KENAN — BATTLE OF ROCKFISH
]


[Illustration:

RED COATS CHARGING IN BATTLE OF ROCKFISH
]





W. E. BAYSDEN

Complete Line of

GENERAL MERCHANDISE

Route 2

Richlands, N. C.

PHONE 352

A. B. ERVIN

WALTER C. ERVIN

NEWS & OBSERVER

Daily and Sunday Service

Telephones: Office 766, Res. 160

Richlands, N. C.

A. B. ERVIN

WALTER C. ERVIN

ERVIN BROTHERS

General Insurance

Telephone 766

Richlands, N. C.

J. F. MOHN MERCANTILE COMPANY

Coal, Fertilizer, Feeds, Building Materials, Dry Goods, Notions, Groceries, Meats, Hardware, Horses & Mules

P. O. Box 265

Telephone 48-1

Compliments

HOOD DRUG STORE

Richlands, N. C.

Compliments

MR. AND MRS. EARL B. LEWIS

(Formerly of Faison)

Richlands, N. C.

Compliments of

KINSTON MILLING CO.

Kinston, N. C.

Manufacturers of

KINCO FEEDS

For All Livestock and Poultry

RICHLANDS WOODWORK SHOP

GENERAL CONTRACTING

PHONE 226

T. P. Westbrook

Richlands, N. C.






[Illustration:

LIBERTY HALL, KENANSVILLE, A JUNE AFTERNOON, 1865
]


[Illustration:

BEULAVILLE POLITICAL RALLY, OCTOBER 30, 1908
]





Polar Bear Flour

Quinn Wholesale Co.

DISTRIBUTORS

Warsaw, N. C.

Compliments of

C. E. QUINN COMPANY

General Merchandise and Farm Supplies

Dial 2-536 — Kenansville, N. C.

Center Theatre — Mt. Olive

Home Town of Sam Byrd

Sends Greetings To

“THE DUPLIN STORY”

PENNEY'S BUILDERS SUPPLIES

Wallace, N. C.

Supplies Lumber For

“THE DUPLIN STORY”

Sound Equipment For

“THE DUPLIN STORY”

Supplied and Installed By

National School Supply Co., Inc.

Glenwood Ave.

Raleigh, N. C.

Wiring and Electrical Installation of “THE DUPLIN STORY”

— By —

H. C. COOKE

Electrical Contractor

Calypso, N. C.

Compliments

Sutton's Gas & Appliance Co.

Pyrofax Gas — Magic Chef Gas Ranges

Goldsboro, N. C.

SOUTHERN BUTANE GAS CORP.

Wilmington • New Bern • Lumberton

R. E. QUINN & COMPANY

Of Warsaw

Furniture For Every Home

TYNDALL FUNERAL HOME

Home of

Wayne-Duplin Burial Association

Mt. Olive, N. C.


[Illustration:

Atlantic Caskets
Atlantic Casket Company Logo]






[Illustration:

DUPLIN SQUARE DANCERS IN BEULAVILLE SCENE
]


[Illustration:

MEMBERS JAMES SPRUNT INSTITUTE SCENE, 1910
]





M. B. HOLT

MERCHANT

FARMER

AND

MANUFACTURER

HOLT'S STORE

Albertson, N. C.

Compliments of

LESLIE LANIER

Dry Goods, Notions, Shoes,

Hardware, Groceries, Fertilizers

Chinquapin, N. C.

L. H. QUINN

General Merchandise

FERTILIZERS — DYNAMITE

Kenansville, N. C.

STEPHENS ATLANTIC SERVICE
STATION

PAUL STEPHENS, Prop.

Kenansville, N. C.

Compliments

ROSE HILL HARDWARE CO.

Rose Hill, N. C.

For High Dividends Invest In

MT. OLIVE BUILDING & LOAN

S. D. BROADHURST, Secretary

Mt. Olive, N. C.

Compliments of

SOUTHMONT MANUFACTURING CO.

MANUFACTURERS OF PINE LUMBER

Rose Hill, N. C.

GRIFFIN BARBECUE

Pig — Chicken

Goldsboro, N. C.

We Serve Parties Anywhere

PHONE 1463






[Illustration:

WARSAW RAILROAD STATION, A NIGHT IN MAY, 1917
]


[Illustration:

VICTORY SUNDAY MORNING IN DUPLIN COUNTY, AUGUST 19, 1945
]





Compliments of

LECO FEED MILLS, Inc.

Manufacturers of Quality Feeds

Kinston, N. C.

PHONE 298

T. A. TURNER & COMPANY

Pink Hill, N. C.

Farm Supplies, Fertilizer, Horses and Mules, Allis-Chalmers

Tractors and Equipment, Hay, Feeds, Seeds, Groceries,

Dry Goods, Notions and Shoes

A Sponsor of “The Duplin Story”

GRADY'S

Snowflake Corn Meal

All Kinds of Stock and Poultry Feeds

Manufactured By

GRADY MILLING CO.

R.F.D., Seven Springs, N. C.

Compliments of

WALLACE

WHOLESALE CO.

Serving the Merchants of Duplin and Surrounding Counties





THE PRESS SAYS:

The News and Observer:

They're telling the story of Duplin County this week-end—a tale of 200 years of bravery, laughter, heartbreak and the little events that go to make up everyday living. They're telling the Duplin saga with a realistic, ear-splitting battle scene, rowdy square dances and sedate minuets, two 100-voice choirs and an ox cart. In the pageant's opening scene, Edith Hinnant Dickerson had stepped out from a crowd of Negro tobacco workers to sing lustily, “You'll shout when it hits you, yes, indeed!” Her song expressed the feeling held by many of the Thursday night spectators after “The Duplin Story” had been told—“Yes, indeed!”

James H. McKoy in the Wilmington Morning Star:

The Duplin Story is no mere pageant, it is a vast production on a tremendous scale—and it is a success! Sam Byrd wrote this story, he directed the production and he superbly played the leading role. But that is not half of the story for he organized the company, the workers, the actors, the musicians into a group that knew no obstacle to hinder effort that could keep this from being one of the most outstanding productions I have ever witnessed. It was a miracle—a miracle in a cornpatch that you must see to believe.

Kinston Daily Free Press:

“The Duplin Story,” historical pageant commemorating the 200th anniversary of the founding of Duplin County and which was extended two days to enable more people to see it, is truly a magnificent drama, taken from actual history of Eastern North Carolina and the State as a whole. The closing scene in the Duplin church would be a credit to Hollywood or the legitimate New York stage.

The Mount Olive Tribune:

In the Duplin County section of Heaven there must be a special seat of honor set aside for Sam Byrd and the several hundred persons who make up the cast in “The Duplin Story.” Together they presented a spectacle in Kenansville the likes of which it has never been our privilege to witness before.

The Wallace Enterprise:

Pageant is overwhelming success.

The Wilmington Morning Star:

“The Duplin Story” is a sensational success. Sam Byrd's presentation surpasses all expectations as to sincerity of plot, variety of scenes, thrilling drama and excellent music. The acting is superb, thanks to enthusiastic interest and effort of hundreds of Duplin citizens. And the staging, lighting and other effects are as professional as anything Broadway offers.

U. S. Senator Clyde R. Hoey:

“I think the pageant is a most dramatic presentation of the interesting history of Duplin County for the past two centuries. It presents strikingly the democracy of our day in that it represents all groups and emphasizes the equality of opportunity for all our people. It belongs to the best productions of this character and epitomizes our American traditions.”

U. S. Senator Frank P. Graham

“We salute the Duplin County Historical Association, Sam Byrd and his associates and all the people of Duplin County for this superb production, indeed a high credit to our state.”

Duplin Story Sponsors

Individuals and firms sponsoring “The Duplin Story” in 1950, by advancing financial assistance for pre-showing expenses:

Calypso Veneer Co., Calypso; J. L. Williams, Kenansville; Service Motor Co., Kenansville; Leo Jackson, Kenansville; J. O. Stokes, Kenansville; A. J. Jenkins, Warsaw; O. P. Johnson, Kenansville; Miss Martha Pickett, Kenansville; Garland P. King, Kenansville; L. H. Quinn, Kenansville; H. E. Phillips, Kenansville; J. R. Grady, Kenansville; W. H. Jones & Co., Pink Hill; Jasper J. Smith, Pink Hill; Brown Oil Co., Kenansville; Arthur Kennedy, Beulaville; L. P. Wells, Mt. Oive; M. F. Allen, Jr., Kenansvile; I. J. Sandlin & Co., Beulaville; T. A. Turner & Co., Pink Hill; Grady Mercer, Beulavile; F. W. McGGowen, Kenansville; Dr. F. L. Norris, Beulaville; W. R. Humphrey, Beulaville; G. F. Landen, Chinquapin; E. R. Carlton, Warsaw; White Ice Cream & Milk Co., Wilmington; J. H. Dotson, Albertson; L. F. Weeks, Kenansville; G. E. Alphin, Jr., Kenansville; A. J. Cavenaugh, Wallace; C. B. Sitterson, Kenansville; P. T. Fountain, Chinquapin; M. L. Lanier, Chinquapin; Southmont Manufacturing Co., Rose Hill; A. C. Hall, Sr., Wallace; H. E. Kramer, Wallace; Z. J. Carter & Son, Wallace; A. Brooks, Warsaw; West Auto Parts Co., Warsaw; B. C. Sheffield, Jr., Warsaw; Gardner Edwards, Beulaville; Joseph Bryant, Wallace; Mrs. Virginia D. Holland, Kenansville; Rose Hill Hardware Co., Rose Hill; Atlantic Coffin & Casket Co., Rose Hill; J. W. Blanchard, Rose Hill; Wayne Foundation, Inc., Goldsboro; L. N. Boney, Wilmington.





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GENERAL INSURANCE

ORGANIZED 1920

Writing Quality Insurance For

Over a Quarter Century

Warsaw, North Carolina

PROGRESSIVE STORES

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Serving The Homes of Mt. Olive and Surrounding Territory

WALLACE ICE & COAL CO.

ICE — COAL — COLD STORAGE

PHONE 264-1

Wallace, N. C.


[Illustration:

EAT MaolaICE CREAM
]

Manufactured By

MAOLA MILK and ICE CREAM COMPANY, Inc.

New Bern, N. C.





Historic Lore


[Illustration:

THOMAS HAY
]


[Illustration:

COAT OF ARMS
Thomas Hay
Lord Dupplin

]

Thomas Hay, Ninth Earl of Kinnoull. Born 1710; died at Dupplin, 1787. Viscount Dupplin and Baron Hay of Kinfauns, Scotland, and Baron Hay of Pedwarden, England. Appointed Paymaster General of His Majesty's Forces, 1755. Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, 1758. Ambassador Extraordinary to the Court of Portugal, 1759, and Elected Chancellor of the University of St. Andrews, 1765.

(This information and the photographs furnished by Col. Arthur William H. Hay-Drummond, Cromlix, Dunblane, Perthshire, Scotland, heir to the Fifteenth Earl of Kinnoull.)


[Illustration:

DUPPLIN CASTLE
]





Diamond Feeds

FOR LIVESTOCK AND POULTRY

Manufactured By

GOLDSBORO MILLING COMPANY

Goldsboro, N. C.

Carolina Telephone & Telegraph Co.

Tarboro, N. C.

SERVING DUPLIN COUNTY

Sends Greetings on the Second Showing of

“THE DUPLIN STORY”

ROBERT O. CREECH

Lagrange, N. C.

AGENT

FARMERS

Cotton Oil Company

Wilson, N. C.

FERTILIZERS

Compliments

STRICKLAND

OIL COMPANY

Warsaw, N. C.

MOBILOIL GAS AND OILS

Fuel Oils For Heating

Tobacco Curing










[Illustration:


Drawing of Dancing Lady on Stage]

Encore

In the show business, the encore is proof of the customer's satisfaction.

Encores are indications of good business in all businesses. They are repeat orders which say—“Your merchandise is satisfactory. Please refill our order.”

Up through the years, the Waccamaw Banks’ long record of “refilled orders”—of encores—from Farmers is the best testimonial possible for the high type of financial service the Waccamaw Bank offers.

This service is based on long banking experience . . . ample resources . . . adequate capital . . . and the human desire to do a job well. This is the kind of service which promotes encores.

The Waccamaw Bank welcomes the opportunity to work with you — whether your account is large or small.

Your Financial Friend

Waccamaw Bank & Trust Company

In Duplin County

KenansvilleRose Hill
M. F. Allen, Jr., CashierR. S. Troy, Cashier

Member Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation

WILMINGTON PRINTING COMPANY, WILMINGTON, N. C.

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