A.J. Fletcher spent a large part of his life promoting opera and the arts throughout the state's hinterlands. A lawyer by profession, he helped organize the Grassroots Opera in the 1940s and later moved to Raleigh to establish the Capitol Broadcasting Company. Fletcher died in 1979. He is honored for his contributions to the arts with the construction of a state-of-the art theater, the A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater at Raleigh's BTI Center for the Performing Arts.