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5 Fun Facts About February 15 In North Carolina History

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1. On February 15, 1835, the North Carolina General Assembly passed a resolution to expel all free people of color from the state within a year. This decision was a part of a growing movement to enforce white supremacy and strengthen slavery in the state.

2. In 1875, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill held its first intercollegiate baseball game on February 15 against the Raleigh Athletic Club. UNC won the game 29-3, establishing its dominance in collegiate athletics.

3. On February 15, 1901, African American educator and civil rights leader Charlotte Hawkins Brown opened the Alice Freeman Palmer Memorial Institute in Sedalia, NC. The school provided education for African American children, and eventually became a nationally recognized institution.

4. North Carolina Governor Terry Sanford proclaimed February 15, 1961, as "Peace and Brotherhood Day" in response to growing racial tensions and segregation in the state. The proclamation called on people to work for racial justice and understanding.

5. February 15, 2014, marked the 50th anniversary of the Greensboro Sit-ins, a landmark event in the civil rights movement in which four African American college students sat at a whites-only lunch counter in Greensboro, NC, sparking a nonviolent protest that spread across the country. The anniversary was marked by a series of events across the state honoring the legacy of the Civil Rights Movement.
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