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5 Fun Facts About August 7 In North Carolina History

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1. Fort Macon Surrenders: On this day in 1861, Confederate forces captured Fort Macon, which guarded Beaufort Inlet in Carteret County, during the Civil War. The Union surrendered without a fight, giving control to the Confederate army.

2. Charlotte Hosts the PGA Championship: In 2017, the Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte hosted the PGA Championship, a four-day golf tournament featuring the world's best golfers. The tournament was won by Justin Thomas.

3. First Enslaved Africans Arrive: On August 7, 1619, the ship White Lion arrived in Virginia, carrying the first enslaved Africans in the British colonies. The ship had originally been Dutch but was captured by British privateers en route to Vera Cruz.

4. The Birth of Pottery in North Carolina: On this day in 1924, Jugtown Pottery was established in Moore County by Jacques and Juliana Busbee. The pottery became among the most important folk art centers in the country and helped launch the state's reputation for pottery-making.

5. Carolina National Forest is Established: In 1936, the Carolina National Forest was established by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The forest covers approximately 160,000 acres in eastern North Carolina bordering the Atlantic Ocean, including Onslow, Carteret, and Jones Counties.
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