The State Fairgrounds Speedway, located in Raleigh, North Carolina was a half-mile oval dirt racetrack that sponsored auto races for NASCAR’s top series in 1955, 1969 and 1970. Now known as “The King” of NASCAR Hall of Famer, Richard Petty won the last Grand National race on the dirt track. Although the track is no longer used as a motor speedway, the grandstand, now called the Sam G. Rand Grandstand, still remains and is used today for events held at the North Carolina State Fair.Continue reading “Richard Petty and North Carolina’s Last NASCAR Dirt Track Race”
Many pages of history have been recorded from old epitaphs of tombstones which frequently reveal not only a person’s death but how and whether the end was peaceful. Some inscriptions often comment on the deceased’s virtues, or lack thereof, of local natives in the community. When foul play is involved, the victim’s tombstone may name the murderer and calls on the passerby to associate that name with the viciousness that resulted in a person’s death.Continue reading “The Slanderous Tombstone That Changed A North Carolina Law”
Richard Corbitt (February 15, 1873 – May 16, 1961) was a successful North Carolina tobacco merchant during the 1890s. Forced out of business by a large trust, Corbitt set up the Corbitt Buggy Company in 1899 in Henderson, North Carolina.Continue reading “History’s Forgotten Car Maker: Richard Corbitt’s Motor Buggys and Trucks”
Continue reading “People of the Dark Water: The Lumbee Controversy for Sovereignty”
“They say we’re not real Indians!” For over 100 years, the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina has been fighting for federal recognition amidst the controversy surrounding their heritage.
Storytelling has been a long-standing deep-rooted tradition with Appalachian families. The pioneers of Appalachia developed an elaborate structure of folklore combined with various tales that were passed on orally from one generation to the next. These oral histories were told to ensure the preservation of their community.Continue reading “Folklife: The Ghostly Legend of Wicked John and the Devil”