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Highway Marker Commemorates Court Decision on Slaves’ Rights June 10

Friday, June 2, 2017

Will, a slave belonging to James Battle of Edgecombe County, killed a white man Jan. 22, 1834, after being shot in the back. The charges brought against Will resulted in the State v Will case, in which the North Carolina Supreme Court protected slaves from a murder charge when acting in self-defense. In recognition of the Supreme Court decision, a N.C. Highway Historical Marker will be dedicated at 275 New Hope Church Rd., Battleboro, June 10, 2 p.m.

N.C. Highway Historical Marker Dedication May 27 to Salute First All Black Navy Band

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

The Chapel Hill campus hosted one of five Naval Pre-Flight Schools in the U.S. in 1942. There 44 black musicians formed the Navy’s first African American band. A N.C. Highway Historical Marker will be dedicated to recognize their breaking the Navy’s color barrier Saturday, May 27, 10 a.m., at the corner of Franklin and Roberson Streets in Chapel Hill.

N.C. Highway Historical Marker Dedication May 8 Recognizes NASA Tracking Station

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

At the height of space exploration, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) operated a manned satellite tracking station in Pisgah National Forest. A N.C. Highway Historical Marker will be dedicated Monday, May 8, 4 p.m., to recognize the role of the station in the country’s space history.

N.C. Highway Marker Dedication April 1 Salutes African American Defenders of Washington

Friday, March 17, 2017

The Union Army equipped about 100 African American men to help defend Washington during a siege of the town in April 1863. This was not the first attempt to arm blacks, but reflected a shift in U.S. policy towards recruiting blacks into the military. A N.C. Highway Historical Marker will be dedicated April 1, 2 p.m., at the Washington Civic Center, 110 Gladden Street, Washington, in recognition of their service.

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