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Jack will be adding comments, images, and results dealing with his research to this page as this Internet site grows.
 
Some of the things that he has already discovered through an extension of his work in preserving cemeteries are the following issues:
 
An African American baseball team (league) once played ball in Richlands, North Carolina.  The team's existance lasted from ca.1928 to the late 1960s.  The "Pepsi Cola Giants" were worshipped, respected and feared.  Being not of the African American leagues of their era, each year that passes, a unique history of the team's existance is being lost forever.
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All African American Chapel and School---Edney Chapel--Richlands, North Carolina was founded by former slaves, George Washington and wife, Cecilia Ann White Petteway, as early as ca.1870, however, their existance, until Jack's intervention, has not been properly recorded or recognized within local and state history books.
 
Sad to report:   Dalton Odell Petteway, Grandson of George Washington and Cecilia Ann White Petteway (Former Slaves), passed away in January 2013.  He was 87 years young and will be missed.
 
Any reference to Odell, within this site as being present tense, should be read as past-tense.
 
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Gail Bullock, Journalist for the Richlands Advertiser Newspaper  has written numerous critical acclaimed articles on Jack's local history research.  She is a fine lady and a strong supporter in promoting and preserving our local history.
 
 
Please visit again soon to learn more...
 
Jack Robinson, MA
GySgt., US Marine Corps, Retired
Researcher of local History

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Cemetery before clean up
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Headstone of former slave and his wife

Edney Chapel Primitive Baptist Church school
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Organized ca.1875. Closed ca. 1952.

North Carolina Governor's letter of recognition
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Mr. Odell Petteway received Governor's letter from Kimberly Lewis on behalf of Governor Mike Easley

This southeastern North Carolina all African American school was established to educated the children of former slaves and their descendents.  The school--a part of Edney Chapel Primitive Baptist church-- opened their doors for the first time in the fall of 1879, after three former slaves and local White citizens worked together to provide a location for the school. 
 
The developement of the land deed, to meet specific requirements from the African American leaders and their local citizens, took seven years.  Commencing before 1872, final land deed papers were "Probated" into the local Onslow County Court House, in Jacksonville, N.C, in the fall of 1879.
 
The developement of the school, based on family oral history and official documents suggest George Washington Petteway, former slave, was the primary force behind the formation of the Edney Chapel school.  He later became a "Minister of God" and served within the Edney Chapel Primitive Baptist Church that he also acted as the driving force behind its development.  He died in 1902, during a breakout of Yellow Fever.
 
Before Jack started his research, the history and evolution of the Edney Chapel Primitive Baptist Church and school, both in operation by ca.1879, had been missing from the annals of local, regional, and state history books. 
 
With Jack's help a new interest between all of the citizens of the local communities has sparked a surge of support to protect these vital but, under-documented parts of the heritage of the local African American families. 
 
Edney Chapel Primative Baptist Chapel has never closed its doors since ca.1879.  The original chapel was severly damaged during a hurricane but, Mr. Odell Petteway, the grandson of George Washington Petteway, Founding Father, has taken the remainging pieces of the chapel and placed them into a safe storage area.  Services are now being held within a structure built by the grandson on the original Hallow Grounds as the first.  Odell is the remaining Deacon of the Edney Chapel. 
 
Please stop in for Sunday services...everyone is welcomed.
 
Edney Chapel School operated from the fall of 1879 to 1952, when the local school systems, due to National and local political influences, caused the small African American school to close its doors.
 
You must ask yourself after reading this...how many children were taught at a young age, went through the doors of the Edney school?    How many people heard the word of God within the modest Edney Chapel Primitive Baptist Church since ca.1879?
 
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If you know of any official document or photographs of these two buildings, or any of the other research projects Jack is currently working on, please contact him.  With your assistance we can save a vital part of the local African American heritage of southeastern North Carolina.
 
To remind you, Jack is now associated with a "Not-For-Profit."   He is conducting extensive research and doing all of the actual phyiscal labor involved in all of his projects, especially dealing with preserving the cemeteries he has been intrusted.  He is continuously receiving information from local citizens which he is extremely grateful. 
 
Since Jack is now associated with a "Not-For-Profit" organization (I.A.C.P. Inc-Florida), he is hopeful people will see the importance of correct preservation techniques through qualified individuals will be needed to save official material and the Hallow Grounds that he is working to preserve---for our future generations.
 
Jack is proud to state that he is the sole cemetery caretaker for each of his preservation projects.   He has exclusive and sole copyrights to his research.  Jack has entered into agreements with all key members involved in his ongoing research of the southeastern North Carolina history.  Each of his projects will be considered  "privately researched," exclusively conducted by Jack.  
 
Jack will share his findings, as appropriate, with local citizens, families involved in the research project but, more importantly, he will help to educate the general public and children about a part of their local history.  He will develop his findings into book form during the spring of 2009 and the publication will be available to be purchased by the general public for a modest price.  
 
You can reach Jack through this site, jackrobinson@hotmail.com or through PayPal.com
 
 
Thank you.

Onslow County Commissioner presents proclamtion
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Mr. Martin Aragona, Jr. presents proclamation to honor Mr. Odell Petteway

Images of award ceremony copyrighted and provided by Gail Bullock-2007

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WWI African American Veteran fallen headstone
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One of nearly thirty Veterans within African American Cemetery

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If you wish to send a financial gift (NOT tax deductable) towards preservation projects being conducted exclusively by Jack, please use the following address:


% Jack Robinson
Researcher of local History
P.O. Box 1501
Richlands, North Carolina 28574