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A chance visit to Bear Island in 1914 by William Sharpe, who became the island's fourth owner since 1713, would eventually lead to the creation of Hammocks Beach State Park in 1961. The park, consisting of the island and two mainland acres, is one of the state's last unspoiled barrier islands.
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4475
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The names of Dr. William Sharpe, Gertrude Hurst, and John Hurst are bound to Hammocks Beach State Park's history. Sharpe bought the land in 1914, and Hurst, an Afro-American outdoorsman, managed it for over forty years. Sharpe planned to will the Hursts the property, but they knew they lacked funds to develop it. At their suggestion, Sharpe gave it to the North Carolina Teachers Association, an African American teachers' organization. In 1961, association gave it to the state for a park.
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10725
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The travel and tourism era of North Carolina started the day Bill Sharpe took his typewriter to the Sir Walter Hotel room that served as the first makeshift office of the Advertising Division of North Carolina. The year was 1937, and before that time, many Tar Heels had never thought of their state's attractions as of sufficient economic importance to constitute an \"industry.\" The State Legislature passed a law authorizing the Advertising Division and Governor Clyde Hoey gave Bill Sharpe the responsibility of making it a reality. Sharpe went on the direct the office under four governors and became one of America's top publicists.
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The State (NoCar F 251 S77), Vol. 37 Issue 16, Jan 1970, p9-12, il, por
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17258
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Bill Sharpe, a somewhat obscure newspaperman beyond his home territory of Winston-Salem, has become known in the last two years all over North Carolina and throughout the country. On July 1, 1937, Governor Clyde Hoey appointed him head of the News Bureau of the State Advertising Commission which was then in the Department of Conservation and Development. This article describes Sharpe's work as the state's top publicist.
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The State (NoCar F 251 S77), Vol. 7 Issue 6, July 1939, p9, 18, por
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23931
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During the age of Jim Crow, African Americans were denied access to shared public places, including leisure spaces. This article examines the establishment of Hammocks Beach as a blacks-only beach, while simultaneously highlighting the larger African American struggle for social freedom in North Carolina and challenging the progressive image of the state regarding integration.
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30780
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Bill Sharpe has published the second volume of NEW GEOGRAPHY OF NORTH CAROLINA. The book is a mix of geography, history, anecdotes, social life, and economic report of a selection of counties in North Carolina.