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University of North Carolina at Pembroke

university.jpgThe majority of the photographs in this series (1,956 images) are dated in the 1970s and 1980s. The photographs document various Pembroke State College (1950-1969)/Pembroke State University (1969-1986) activities and events, such as graduations, reunions, Field Day, Greek Week, the college's Diamond Jubilee (75th anniversary) in 1962, and many, many photographs of Upward Bound activities. View the complete inventory of the collection.


Photo Description: Pembroke State College Marching Band. Photo dated 1950-1959. This photograph can also be found in the 1959 Indianhead Yearbook.



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Town of Pembroke

pembroke.jpgThe photos in this collection are photos of Pembroke activities, such as Lumbee Homecoming, Veteran Day parades, and Christmas parades. There are photos of the effects of historic natural disasters on the Pembroke area, such as Hurricane Hazel in 1954, a tornado in 1957, and ice storms in 1966 and 1969.

There are also many photos of local businesses and commercial establishments, such as the Atlantic Coast Line (ACL) Railroad Station in 1950 and the Seaboard Coast Line (SCL) Railroad Station in 1973; Sim's Restaurant in 1972 and 1976; Lumbee Bank in 1974 and 1984; Pate's Supply Company in the 1950s; Locklear & Son Funeral Home in 1957; as well as Tyner Motor Company and the Amoco Service Station in 1946. View the complete inventory of the collection.


Photo Description: From left to right standing up are Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) ministers: Grady Chavis, C. M. Cummings, Joseph Bullard, Buddy Johnson, and Jimmy Jones. From left to right sitting down are Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) ministers: Arber Oxendine, Hilton Deese, Smith P. Locklear, and unidentified man. Photo dated October 1985.


Strike at the Wind!


Strike at the Wind!, a Robeson County musical outdoor drama ran from the 1970s until 2007. The drama, which told the true story of the Lowrie War, one of the most important events in North Carolina history, opens in 1865, at the end of the Civil War. In the play, Henry Berry Lowrie, a 17-year old Lumbee Indian boy, is confronted with the unjustified murder of his father and brother at the hands of the Confederate Home Guard.

Elmer Hunt served as the official photographer for the production during the years covered in this series. His photographs recorded actors, scenes, and activities related to the production, such as a Fundraiser Dinner at Sheff's, a local seafood restaurant, in 1984.

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Photo Description: Guests attending the marriage of Rhoda Strong and Henry Berry Lowrie, officiated by Hector McCord (Justice of the Peace). From left to right: Hope Sheppard (Rhoda Strong Lowrie, part Tuscarora Indian and Henry's wife), Melton Lowery (Henry Berry Lowrie, leader of the Lowrie Gang), and Mike Woodall (Hector McCord) standing in front of the couple. These were cast members in the 1981 productionof Strike at the Wind!


Public Schools of Surrounding Counties

public_schools.jpgThis is a small collection of photographs from nearby public high schools that are outside Robeson County. There are photos from a Black Beauty Pageant that was held at the Scotland County High School in May 1984. There are photographs from the 1960s of activities, such as Homecoming, at Hoke County Public Schools. There are a couple of photographs of the Southview School Band at Pembroke State University in 1983. Southview is a member of the Cumberland Count Public School System. View the complete inventory of the collection.

Public Schools of Robeson County

public_schools.jpgThere are many pictures from various Robeson County public schools that were in existence during this time period. The schools covered include Ashpole-Southside, Deep Branch, Fairgrove, Green Grove, Hilly Branch, Les Maxwell, Oxendine, Pembroke Elementary, Pembroke Junior High, Pembroke Senior High, Piney Grove, Prospect, Red Springs, Rex-Rennert, Shoe Hill (also known as Sugar Hill), South Robeson, Tanglewood, Union Chapel, Union Elementary, and West Robeson. View the complete inventory of the collection.

Lumbee Regional Development Association

lrda.jpgThis series consists of approximately 5,900 miscellaneous LRDA-related images. Established in 1968, the Lumbee Regional Development Association, Inc. (LRDA) was created to provide services for the Lumbee Indian communities. For many years, the LRDA Board of Directors served as the governing body of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina. LRDA is the main sponsor for the Lumbee Homecoming, Lumbee pageants, powwows , and other Indian cultural events in the area. Therefore, the pictures in this series cover a range of activities that were sponsored by LRDA during the 1970s and 1980s. View the complete inventory of the collection.


Photo Description: (left) Florence Ransom, who served, for many years, as the chaperone and business manager for Miss Lumbee, and (right) Ken Maynor, the Executive Director of Lumbee Regional Development Association (LRDA), presenting a check to Jackie Jacobs (middle), winner of the 1981 Miss Lumbee pageant. Photo dated August 17, 1981.


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