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Having no relatives, poor African American Fayetteville native wills all his belongings to his rich white friend living in New York. I return, millionaire Williamson Fuller honors his friend by starting the James McAllister Christmas Fund with the inheritance and other charitable donations. The fund is used to financially help African American families at Christmas time.
Not only does the Fayetteville Independent Light Infantry Company deserve the distinction of the oldest military organization in North Carolina, but it also is the second oldest military organization in the country.
The Fayetteville Independent Light Infantry was organized in 1793 and has been celebrated every year since. It is the oldest military infantry in the South and the second oldest to be organized in the country.