Famous North Carolina native sons and daughters.
Listen to Alison Krauss sing
"Carolina in my Mind"
while you peruse the site.
Listen to North Carolina native
Chris Daughtry sing "Going Home."
Click on the heroes.
Listen to North Carolina native Randy Travis
sing "Forever and Ever." Click on Randy.
Born: May 4, 1959 (age 58), Marshville, North Carolina
Great truths are portions of the soul of man; Great souls are portions of eternity.
- James Russell Lowell
Click on the sweet dog and listen to Nat King Cole sing "LOVE."
Born November 7, 1918
One of the best-known beloved Christian evangelists of the 20th century!
Basketball Player & Minister
April 25, 1932-December 27, 2015
Born in Wilmington, NC
University of North Carolina
At Chapel Hill Tar Heels
In 1951, when James Taylor was 3 yrs old, his family moved to what was then the countryside of Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Taylor first learned to play the cello as a child in North Carolina, and switched to the guitar in 1960. His style on that instrument evolved from listening to hymns, carols, and Woody Guthrie.
( James Taylor with Ray the Cat and Ting the Pug.)
Taylor wrote Carolina In My Mind while overseas recording for the Beatles' label Apple Records. He started writing the song at producer Peter Asher's London flat. Indeed, the recording of "Carolina in My Mind" featured a credited appearance by Paul McCartney on bass guitar and an uncredited one by George Harrison on backing vocals!
Award-winning actress born in Fayetteville, NC
December 3, 1960
Born: October 28, 1936
Richard Petty born July 2, 1937 Level Cross, NC
10th Annual North Carolina
Week for the Animals
December 1-9, 2018!
Cherokee, NC and Eastern Band of Indians, Click on Indians.
Born Marguerite Johnson in
St. Louis and raised in rural Arkansas, Angelou lived in North Carolina for more than 30 years and was a professor at Wake Forest University.
She had a distinguished career as a poet and author. Among her most famous works is "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings."
John William Coltrane, also known as "Trane", was an American jazz saxophonist and composer. Working in the bebop and hard bop idioms early in his career, Coltrane helped pioneer the use of modes in jazz and was later at the forefront of free jazz. Born: September 23, 1926, Hamlet, NC
Died: July 17, 1967, Huntington, NY
Although he was born in Brooklyn, the man regarded by many as the greatest basketball player of all time moved to Wilmington, North Carolina, at a very early age, and spent his childhood there.
Jordan attended UNC-Chapel Hill, where his team won an NCAA tournament, and then was a part of two Olympic gold medal teams and 6 NBA championship teams with the Chicago Bulls.
Jim "Catfish" Hunter: This
Perquimans County native
gained national fame as a
pitcher for the Kansas City
Athletics and the New York
Yankees. His impressive list of
wins earned him a spot in the
Baseball Hall of Fame, as well
as the North Carolina Sports
Hall of Fame.
One of America's most famous First Ladies, this Piedmont, North Carolina native was the wife of President James Madison . Born May 20, 1768
Guilford County, North Carolina, British America
DiedJuly 12, 1849 (aged 81)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
She is known for originating the annual Easter Egg Roll on the White House lawn and also for saving George Washington's picture and many important state documents from the White House when it was set on fire in 1814.
Total Eclipse 2017 in North Carolina
A total solar eclipse will be visible over a small portion of western North Carolina beginning at 2:33 p.m on Aug 21, 2017 . Counties in the path of totality include Cherokee, Graham, Swain, Clay, Macon, Jackson and Transylvania. Almost everywhere else in North Carolina will experience a partial eclipse of 90 percent totality or more. THE GREAT SMOKEY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK IS ONE OF THREE NATIONAL PARKS VISITED BY THE TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE.
America can thank Cleveland County born Earl Scruggs and the "Foggy Mountain Boys" who helped introduce bluegrass music into pop culture through TV.
His three-finger banjo-pickin style is a defining characteristic of bluegrass. NC Born.
Howard William Cosell
March 25, 1918
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
DiedApril 23, 1995
New York, New York
North Carolina State Symbols
-flower, dogwood (1941)
-tree, pine (1963)
-bird, cardinal (1943)
-mammal, gray squirrel (1969)
-insect, honeybee (1973)
-reptile, eastern box turtle (1979)
-gemstone, emerald (1973)
-shell, scotch bonnet (1965)
-historic boat, shad boat (1987)
-beverage, milk (1987)
-rock, granite (1979)
-dog, plott hound (1989)
-song, “The Old North State” (1927)
-colors, red and blue (1945)
-fruit, scuppernong grape (2001)
Nickname: Tar Heel State
-Motto: Esse Quam Videri (To Be Rather Than To Seem)
"You are the sum total of everything you've ever seen, heard, eaten, smelled, been told, forgot - it's all there. Everything influences each of us, and because of that I try to make sure that my experiences are positive."