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for The State Vol. 9 Issue 35, Jan 1942
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Levi Coffin was born near New Garden in Guilford and was a lifelong Quaker. His Quaker ideals conflicted with the institution of slavery and he became an integral member of the Underground Railroad. With his home in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Coffin aided 40,000 runaway slaves attain freedom at an estimated personal expense of $50,000 and possibility of imprisonment for law breaking. Coffin's efforts went beyond the Underground Railroad and he was responsible for the freedman's bureau while also establishing orphanages and travelling to Europe to oppose slavery.
Ben Bracy organized groups of underprivileged young men unable to afford fees charged by the Boy Scouts. Bracy directed the boys' energies to create \"The Scout Lake,\" a recreational area for the boys and Scotland Neck citizens. Members of the group constructed the dam and then pavilions for picnicking families and were required to manage the park during its operation from April to October. Bracy's efforts were lauded for promoting a sense of community service and detracting from juvenile delinquency.
Goerch describes Caldwell County as a place \"of fine citizens, wonderful climate, beautiful scenery, good hunting and fishing, fertile farms, and prosperous and successful industries.\"