I grew up in Robeson County surrounded by history. I spent much of my childhood with my great-grandparents where I gained a love for the stories of Robeson County and her people. Many of the stories that I grew up with fueled the fire in my adolescent, but growing, imagination. First hand accounts of “The Depression” and the fortitude and tribulation it took to survive. War time stories in Robeson County, the revolution on through to Vietnam. For a young mind, these were the factual fairy tales and memories that I embraced. Knowing that my great-grandparents endured through these time frames gives me a profound appreciation for them and for the historical accounts they imparted to me.
She signed me up for the war, they didn’t draft me. They wouldn’t want a one-eyed prison guard! – Da (Grand daddy Lewis)
My passion for history later lead me to pursue my history degree at UNC Pembroke. During the course of many years working at UNCP Penbroke and Robeson County History Museum, my research into the county’s history resulted in award winning exhibits, books and presentations. A midst all of the discovery and exhibition, there were always too many stories to convey. It is for this reason, I still love sharing all of the little tidbits and research about our rich history.
In this new video series “Down The Road”, I will tell my gathered stories of Robeson County and her people. I will share with you and hopefully spark interest and engage conversation in our history revisited.