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

Listen to Alison Krauss sing 
"Carolina in my Mind" 

Written by James Taylor'

Listen to North Carolina native
 Chris Daughtry sing "Going Home."  
Click on the heroes.

Randy Travis
Listen to North Carolina native Randy Travis 
sing.   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

James Taylor

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!
Julianne Moore 
Award-winning actress born in  Fayetteville, NC
December 3, 1960
Charlie Daniels
Country singer 
Born: October 28, 1936
 Wilmington, NC
Richard Petty         born July 2, 1937        Level Cross, NC
North Carolina
Week for the Animals 
2024 Dates TBA.

Cherokee, NC and Eastern Band of Indians, Click on Indians.
God is Good!
Greg Biffle lives in NC!

Born Marguerite Johnson in 
St. Louis and raised in rural Arkansas, Ms. 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 50 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
Apr 8, 1946 – Sept 9, 1999
Hertford, North Carolina

 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 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
Famed Sports Announcer​
March 25, 1918
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
-April 23, 1995  New York
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 

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 
-Andrew Johnson
The Outer Banks 

It has a way of connecting with people, staying with them long after the vacation is over. Uncrowded beaches that stretch for miles and 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.
View from Blue Ridge Parkway 
Eunice Kathleen Waymon, known professionally as Nina Simone, was an American singer, songwriter, musician, arranger, and civil rights activist. 

Born: February 21, 1933, Tryon, NC
 April 21, 2003, Carry-le-Rouet, France
Clay Aiken 
BornNovember 30, 1978 
Raleigh, North Carolina
American Idol 2003
Etta Baker 
 Piedmont blues guitarist, singer
Born: March 31, 1913, Caldwell County, NC-
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.

Official website of the State 
of North Carolina
Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest

This forest is one of the Nation’s most impressive remnants of old-growth forest. 

The forest contains magnificent examples of more than 100 tree species, many over 400-years-old, and some more than 20 feet in circumference and 100 feet tall. 

This 3,800-acre forest was set aside in 1936 as a memorial to the author of the poem “Trees,” Joyce Kilmer, who was killed in action in France during 
World War I. 
Eastern North Carolina 
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The 15 Best North Carolina Beaches
The 25 Best Hikes 
in North Carolina
Atlantic Ocean 
Thelonious Monk 
 Oct 10, 1917 · Rocky Mount, 
North Carolina, 
 Febr 17, 1982 · 
Englewood, New Jersey
North Carolina Fast Facts 
and Timelines
North Carolina 
Military Bases
 “America without her Soldiers would be like God without His Angels.” 

~Claudia Pemberton
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