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Friday, October 18 • 8:00am - 9:30am
Poster #8 -- Change History: 365 Days of Black History

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Chowan County celebrated its 350 anniversary last year. I heard at a planning session that there were no black people in Chowan County when it was founded. This spurred my desire to learn more about the history of people of African descent in my community. I was able to tell new stories or old stories that had been forgotten about in our community through 99% online research. We documented the election of the first black member of the state house, John R. Page, and the political jailing of the last black man (Edward Sutton) to hold a state house office from Chowan County. We were able to find the first records of baptisms of enslaved people in Chowan Precinct in 1708. We also found a second freed woman, Polly Lowther, who owned a bakery around the same time as the grandmother of Harriet Jacobs. We also discovered that Diane Nash, James Bevel and Golden Frinks devised the strategy to get the Voting Rights Act passed in Edenton on the day of the Birmingham Church Bombing in 1963.
From these bits of research from NCLive, DigitalNC, the Southern Memory project and many more, we have been able to open new worlds of history in this very historic community.


Jennifer Finlay

Shepard-Pruden Memorial Library

Friday October 18, 2019 8:00am - 9:30am EDT
Piedmont 1-3