Category Archives: People Making A Difference in Rocky Mount

Douglas Block Stories: Honoring Earl Carnegie “Doc” Burnette (1907-1976)

 One of the important pieces of the puzzle from the ‘Revitalization Rocky Mount Puzzle Box’ is the historic Douglas Block named for Dr. Junious Douglas, an African-American pharmacist. The Douglas Block was home to shops, restaurants, entertainment centers, and medical services owned … Continue reading

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Main Street Rocky Mount Blog Honored – Sharing My Good News

By LINDELL JOHN KAY
Staff Writer Monday, March 27, 2017 A local blogger has received state recognition for writing about downtown Rocky Mount. Stepheny Houghtlin was named a Main Street Champion, which are individuals who have gone the extra mile in … Continue reading

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Romancing the Brick – Osman Bennett Barnes – Part 3

I admit that the 1984 action-adventure, romantic-comedy entitled, Romancing the Stone, sounds better than the title for this post, Romancing the Brick, but I couldn’t help myself. I have had a long-standing romance with architecture that includes lots and lots of … Continue reading

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Who Was Osmon Bennett Barnes? – Part 2

“History is the essence of innumerable biographies.” Thomas Carlyle Osman Barnes’s granddaughter, Melissa Barker, took me to Pineview Cemetery to spend time with members of her family that are buried there. It is a deeply moving experience, where generations of … Continue reading

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Who Built The Wall at Wesleyan College and so much more? – Osmon ‘Os’ Bennett Barnes

“Every man is called to give love to the work of his hands. Every man is called to be an artist.”      Wendell Berry I grew up without a grandfather. My maternal grandfather died when my mother was a … Continue reading

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Who Is Elijah Gaddis? – Setting The Stage – Part 1

As part of some research I’m doing for a new novel, I am in love again! or should I say, as usual. This time it is a man named Chris Rose who once worked for the Times Picayune in New … Continue reading

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Who Was Jacob Lewis Rosenbloom? (1927-2012)

The reward of great men is that, long after they have died,                                                         … Continue reading

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