Legendary Locals of Raleigh seeks to capture the essence of the city by highlighting many of the individuals who have contributed to its development: people like the first resident, Joel Lane, who sold North Carolina the land to establish Raleigh in 1792; James H. Young, a courageous African American politician during Reconstruction; “Scottie” Stephenson, a broadcasting legend and matriarch of Capitol Broadcasting Company; John Chavis, a free black reverend and prominent schoolteacher of Raleigh’s black and white students in the early 1800s; Katharine Stinson, the Federal Aviation Administration’s first female employee, whose career choice was inspired by a conversation with Amelia Earhart at Raleigh Municipal Airport; and Ella Baker, a local Shaw University graduate, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. confidant, and founder of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, an influential civil rights organization. This book is only an overview of the many who have shaped Raleigh while calling it home.
About the Author
Stormi Souter and Elizabeth Weichel became immersed in Raleigh’s history as coworkers at the Raleigh City Museum. Souter has been passionately involved in educational history since the mid-1990s. Weichel has been carrying on a love affair with museums since childhood. Researching and writing this book has reinforced their love for the “City of Oaks.”
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Getting Political 9
Chapter 2 At the Frontier 27
Chapter 3 For the People 41
Chapter 4 Educating the Future 57
Chapter 5 Social Crusaders 67
Chapter 6 Movers and Shapers 83
Chapter 7 Talk of the Town 95
Chapter 8 Capital of Industries 107
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Well researched and documented. Their passion for history and historical figures in North Carolina and the Raleigh is apparent. Very useful for high school or college instructors or those interested in the evolution of freedom in the Tar Heel state.