African American History

On January 1, 1864, Parker Robbins of Bertie County, a free person of color of mixed African and Native American descent, enlisted in the 2nd United State Colored Cavalry Regiment at Fort Monroe, Va.

On January 6, 1889, James Francis Shober, the first black physician with a medical degree to set up practice in North Carolina, died.

On January 10, 1924, popular jazz drummer Max Roach was born in Pasquotank County. Shortly after moving to New York City with his family in 1928, Roach began to study piano with his aunt.

On January 11, 1961, noted African-American educator and founder of the Palmer Memorial Institute, Dr. Charlotte Hawkins Brown died.

On January 11, 1909, alto saxophonist Talmage “Tab” Smith was born in Kinston.

On January 13, 1868, classes began at Raleigh’s Saint Augustine’s University.

On January 14, 1868, a North Carolina constitutional convention, now known as the “Convention of 1868,” opened in Raleigh.

On January 25, 1946, noted educator Orishatukeh Faduma died.

On February 3, 1983, Henry Frye was sworn in as North Carolina’s first African-American Supreme Court Justice.

On February 10, 1937, Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, and pianist Roberta Flack was born in Black Mountain.

On February 11, 1813, freedom seeker, writer and abolitionist Harriet Jacobs was born in Edenton.

On February 14, 1943, saxophonist Maceo Parker was born in Kinston.

On February 25, 1870, Hiram Revels was seated in the United States Senate.

On February 27, 1964, black feminist activist, scholar and educator Anna Julia Haywood Cooper died at the age of 105.

On November 3, 1949, television actor and writer Michael Evans was born in Salisbury.

On November 8, 1965, Specialist/SFC Lawrence Joel of Winston-Salem, a Korean War veteran, began a routine patrol near Bien Hoa, Vietnam.

On November 9, 1973, civil rights activist Floyd McKissick broke ground on Soul City in rural Warren County.

On December 6, 2010, officials of the North Carolina Office of Archives and History, and others met to dedicate and unveil four plaques commemorating the extension of civic and voting rights.

On December 27, 1857, Republican Congressman, educator, and conservative and diplomatic advocate for racial equality Henry Plummer Cheatham was born into slavery near Henderson.

On December 31, 1900, renowned sculptor Selma Burke was born in Mooresville.