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Famous North Carolina native sons and daughters.
                         God Bless Our Troops!

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.

Randy Travis
Listen to North Carolina native Randy Travis 
sing "Forever and Ever."   Click on Randy.
Born: May 4, 1959 , 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."
Billy Graham 
Born November 7, 1918-February 21, 2018
Charlotte, NC
One of the best-known and beloved Christian evangelists of the 20th century!
Meadowlark Lemon
Basketball Player & Minister
April 25, 1932-December 27, 2015     
Born in Wilmington, NC
University of North Carolina 
At Chapel Hill 
Tar Heels
NC Inspiration   

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[8] and an uncredited one by George Harrison on backing vocals!
Julianne Moore 
Award-winning actress born in  Fayetteville, NC
December 3, 1960
Charlie Daniels 
Born: October 28, 1936
 Wilmington, NC
Richard Petty      born July 2, 1937     Level Cross, NC
North Carolina
Week for the Animals
March 14-22, 2020!
Cherokee, NC and Eastern Band of Indians, Click on Indians.
God is Good!
Greg lives in NC!

Maya Angelou: 
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.  He led at least fifty recording sessions and appeared on many albums by other musicians, including trumpeter Miles Davis and pianist Thelonious Monk.   
Born: September 23, 1926, Hamlet, NC
Died: July 17, 1967, Huntington, NY

Michael Jordan 
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.
Dolley Madison
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.

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.
 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
Biltmore Estate   
God Bless Our Troops!
    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
-North Carolina 
-Capital: Raleigh
-Population: 9,656,401
-Motto: Esse Quam Videri (To Be Rather Than To Seem)
Duke University
"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."

~Maya Angelou

  Birds of North Carolina
NC Quick Facts
Date North Carolina became a state: November 21, 1789

Governor: Roy Cooper

State Motto: Esse Quam Videri: To be rather than to seem

State Song: The Old North State

State Colors: Red and Blue

State Bird: Cardinal

State Flower: Dogwood

State name origin and nicknames: Carolina, the Tar Heel State, the Old North State

Population estimate: 10,042,802 people (U.S. Census Bureau, 2015) 

Population rank: 10th largest state in the United States

Largest city (population): Charlotte -- 827,097 people (U.S. Census Bureau, 2015)

Total land area: 48,617.91 square miles

Land area rank: 28th largest state in the United States by land area

Number of counties: 100

Highest point in North Carolina: Mount Mitchell
 One the longest-serving Navy SEALS, Admiral William McRaven played key role in 1000's of dangerous missions abroad, inc 
Osama bin Laden 

Navy SEALS (est 1962)       Author of Sea Stories

The Wright Brothers 
In 1900 the brothers went to Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, to begin their manned gliding experiments. In his reply to Wilbur's first letter, Octave Chanute had suggested the mid-Atlantic coast for its regular breezes and soft sandy landing surface. Wilbur also requested and examined U.S. Weather Bureau data, and decided on Kitty Hawk. Click on plane. 

2020 Best Colleges in North Carolina
The SOF K9 Memorial Foundation was created to memorialize fallen Special Operations Forces Canine Heroes killed in action. Wanting an appropriate place worthy of the honor to house the memorial, the Foundation chose the grounds of the Airborne & Special Operations Museum. 

Sculptor Lena Toritch was commissioned to create the statue, and paid painstakingly close attention to detail to make sure that every part of the dog is life like, to ensure that the memorial is worthy of its cause.
 Throw Away Dogs Project 

'Nibbles' & Deputy McCraw 

From Canada dogfighting ring to NC Craven County K9 officer.

"These dogs were victims of cruelty, then ... victims of a court process, and they came out, tails-a-wagging, and ready to love and learn."
North Carolina produced two presidents:

-James J. Polk, pictured
-Andrew Johnson
The Outer Banks 

Has a way of connecting with people, staying with them long after the vacation is over. Uncrowded beaches that stretch for miles and the endless possibilities that come with them.
North Carolina, which was at one time combined with South Carolina to form a single territory, was one of the original 13 colonies and became the 12th state in 1789. It sent the most troops to fight in the Civil War as part of the Confederacy before it was readmitted into the Union in 1868.

North Carolina offers a mild climate and 300 miles of shoreline. Geographically, the state is divided in three. Its Coastal Plain is filled with beautiful beaches, including the Outer Banks, which marks the spot where the Wright brothers made the first successful flight in history in 1903. Next comes the Piedmont, a plateau that stretches from Alabama to New York, and then the Appalachian Mountains.
The Nature Conservancy in North Carolina
View from Blue Ridge Parkway 
Eunice Kathleen Waymon, known professionally as Nina Simone, was an American singer, songwriter, musician, arranger, and civil rights activist. Her music spanned a broad range of musical styles including classical, jazz, blues, folk, R&B, gospel, and pop. 
Born: February 21, 1933, Tryon, NC
Died: April 21, 2003, Carry-le-Rouet, France
Website  http://www.ninasimone.com/
Clay Aiken 
BornNovember 30, 1978 (age 41)
Raleigh, North Carolina
Etta Baker was an American Piedmont blues guitarist and singer from North Carolina.
Born: March 31, 1913, Caldwell County, NC
Died: September 23, 2006, Fairfax, VA

Orville and Wilbur Wright, famous American aviation pioneers who made world's 1st powered flight in 1903, loved dogs! Scipio (left) was Orville's dog and Flyer (right)  was Wilbur's dog. Click dogs.  
You can visit Kitty Hawk with your dog!  

Maya Angelou...
Became 2nd poet in history to be present at a presidential inauguration, and 1st African American and woman on Jan 20, 1993, when she read "On the Pulse of Morning" at POTUS Clinton’s inauguration.