I started 2007 with new adventures dealing with preserving the "little known" histories of Onslow County, North Carolina (southeastern part of the state).
The initial project was simply looking for any evidence of a ca.1930 segregated baseball team that once played in Richlands, N.C. It turned out, the Pepsi-Cola Giants, played ball from Virginia to South Carolina and even defeated one of the national minor league segregated teams out of Florida. By 1960, the team changed it's name to the "Richlands' Bees" and played ball until the early 1970s.
I also began researching "forgotten or abandoned" all African American Cemeteries in Onslow County while researching the Pepsi-Cola Giants.
The Brick Mill Cemetery, is the largest of the six all African American cemeteries currently being preserved and documented exclusively by my work. This cemetery has been determined to be the largest community cemetery of it's type in Onslow County.
I foresee 2008 as an even more productive year in preserving our local history. I plan on focusing on conducting "oral histories" of the Elders of the local communites.
Presented below is an image of a Brick Mill Cemetery "possible" grave that I recently located deep into the surrounding woods, beyond the known cemetery boundries.
Best wishes to you and your family for 2008.
Jack Robinson, MA
GySgt., U.S. Marine Corps, Retired
Researcher of local History