A history class at UNC Pembroke worked on a proposal to erect a North Carolina Historical Marker recognizing the 1958 routing of the KKK by members of the Lumbee community.
Students in Dr. Jaime Martinez’s Public History class wrote a proposal, scheduled public hearings, collaborated with the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina to establish the historical marker.
On July 5, two ceremonies were held to unveil the markers. A commemorative marker was unveiled at the Tribal complex and later a half mile from the site at the intersection of N.C. 130 and Hayes Pond Road.
The course, HST 4740/HSTS 5740, is a joint undergraduate and graduate course called Introduction to Public History. The focus is on sharing history with audiences outside of the classroom—traditionally this means museum work, but can include history in public spaces and in conjunction with the public.
Students who participated in the project include Chris Hunt, Sonya Hunt, and Chapell Brock. Not pictured are Angel Garcia, William Graves, Brandy N. Jacobs, Kathryn Sonner, Justin Tamburrino, and Horace Sewell El. The group was led and advised by Dr Jamie Martinez, associate professor and Dr. Scott Billingsley, associate provost along with representatives from the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina.