Dr. King Came To Rocky Mount In 1962 The Year I was Born

The Gate Keeper response: Again this is why I will not just get over it. You can’t tell me my history because we can tell our own history. We also know yours because it was taught to us but also our family told us about their experiences.


Thanks Marilyn Pulley Howard for sharing!


Terri Joyner Is Disturbed About Meetings Held Concerning Confederate Statue At Battle Park

The following is a comment from Terri Joyner that was posted on my blog:

I am very disturbed that the first time I heard of the two meetings held about our Confederate Statue at Battle Park was posted on Facebook by WITN new today (7-24-18)

I for one am outraged at the very thought of our City’s Leadership and less than knowledgeable residents have taken such a strong stance on the removal of a Statute that memorializes all those that fought for their rights during the Civil War. BOth Blacks and Whites fought shoulder to shoulder to protect our Southern culture. It had absolutely nothing to do with the South wanting to keep slavery alive. Slaves were not all black. There were white slaves as well.

This is part of our Nations history that should be preserved for future generations to learn from. Who are we to erase the History that doesn’t fit the likings of some while other feel strongly that it should be preserved. We have no knowledge how future generations will view the Statues.

I for one would like to see our City have a backbone and stand tall and proud to show the rest of this broken nation that these monuments are our ancestors legacy and an important part of History good or bad that should be preserved.

I also highly suggest a 3rd meeting be scheduled and highly publicized so that ALL CITIZENS of Rocky Mount can have an advance notice of such a crucial meeting as this one is.

My response:

I am disturbed also when folk post half-trues and attempt to insult my intelligence.

First of all I don’t know where you been but the meetings have been publicized in the Rocky Mount Telegram and WHIG-TV was at the 1st meeting. I have recorded all of them and posted them on my YouTube page.

Outraged? Really? I don’t know where ya’ll get that bullshit from about folk being less knowledgeable about the statue, Civil War and other. Who the hell are ya’ll to think that ya’ll are the only ones educated when it comes to ya’ll wanting to preserve ya’ll historical moments in history. I am a 55 year old grown ass black man who ain’t ignant to history and I can speak for numerous others. Not long ago the Rocky Mount Branch of the NAACP held a meeting and had 2 white males an historian and a civil rights laywer/other and a black male historian that did a presentation on the confederacy. That video also is on my YouTube page.

Yeah some folk are stuck on need more education about the confederacy and history. Talk to those whom you need to but myself and some others ain’t the one. I ain’t gonna even get into the damn slave thing about there was black and white slaves. And?

There is a lot of Nations history just like when folk tell black folk to get the hell over it but everyday we are reminded by those who continue who ain’t trying to get over the mess they have done to folk of color that is still going on today such as beatings and calling us Niggers.

I will let the City speak for themselves. However I don’t give a damn about certain legacies just because. Hell you can preserve whatever history you want just like people of color can when folk say they need to get over it.

Obviously you are ignant to the facts about the meetings because today was the 4th and final community meeting. All of the meetings were highly publicized. All citizens of Rocky Mount had an opportunity to attend and had plenty damn notice.

I am a member of the Human Relations Commission and I attended all the meetings and I have advertised and posted the video of all of them except the 4th meeting will be on my YouTube page in a couple of days.

Funny how you found yourself on my page. But keep following me because you will learn the day because that is what my page is about to educate and to be educated. However I pay attention to those who are trying to educate folk with half-trues.

I ain’t the one I have been actively engaged in community activism since the late 80’s so I can recognize and comprehend bullshit when I see it, hear it and/or whatever fashion it is presented.

Now I am open to dialogue but one thing folk ain’t going to do is to attempt to insult my intelligence as to the need for more education on an issue when other folk think they are the only ones that know history.

I am only interested in the whole trues, the facts and not emotions. I base my emotions on the facts.

My blog is full of information however when I post on blog it automatically post to my Facebook, Twitter and Linked In accounts.

I welcome your comments that I have to approve as long as you keep it real.


Confederate Monument Falls Road Rocky Mount NC – Why, When, Who, What?

See response from a Confederate Monument supporter. Forwarded information from another page.

Why were they erected? When were they erected? Who erected them? What purpose do they serve today as it relates to all races?

Traci Wood Thompson But on to questions…1.) Why the RM monument was erected: in general to fallen Confederate soldiers and specifically to the soldiers of Nash County, as its inscription states, and the comrades of Robert Henry Ricks, the soldiers of the “Bethel Regiment.” 2.) Why Confederate monuments were erected in general: Monuments erected in the South after the Civil War were bought almost exclusively by women’s groups and for the express purpose of honoring their dead. “…Monuments erected in the South after the Civil War were bought almost exclusively by women’s groups and for the express purpose of honoring their dead…Nearly ninety percent of the state’s white male population between the ages of 15 and 50 – 125,000 men in all – fought for the Confederacy. More than 40,000 never returned…less than twelve months after Appomattox, despite military occupation, grass-roots efforts arose across the South to care for – and honor – the region’s dead. Diverse, spontaneous, and led by an unlikely demographic, these activities filled a critical need and led, perhaps unintentionally, to the Confederate memorial tradition.” – Douglas J. Butler, North Carolina Civil War Monuments: An Illustrated History (Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co. Inc., 2013), p. 1-5. 3.) When were they erected: 1.) The RM monument was erected in 1917. 2.) Confederate monuments in general were erected from a few years after the war to today, with majority in the late 1880s-early 1920s time period. The reasons for this timing are many, including a. they were not allowed earlier. An example from New Orleans: “From the commencement of Confederate memorial work, every obstacle to its prosecution was thrown in the way by Federal authorities. The following order is a fair reflex of the antagonistic sentiment that prevailed…’Headquarters Military District of the Gulf, New Orleans, July 18, 1866 – 1. Notification is hereby given for the information of all concerned that no monument intended to commemorate the late rebellion will be permitted to be erected within the limits of the military division of the Gulf ‘…While the Confederate veterans abstained scrupulously from any acts that could be construed into a violation of the obligations of their paroles, they never ceased to formulate plans and collect funds to honor the memory of their worthy dead.” (Wood, Confederate Handbook, 1900, p. 117.) b. Such work was too expensive in an economically devastated post-war South. “When the Confederate soldiers returned to their homes at the close of the war they were confronted by conditions more trying than any perils they had encountered on the field of battle…enfeebled by four years of hardship and privation; without money, credit…they commenced a struggle to earn a support for themselves and those dependent upon them…they toiled as men had never toiled before…step by step, slowly but surely, they moved forward in the path of love and duty…they ever kept love and lost comrades in tender remembrance. When dawning prosperity enabled them to divert something from their daily needs they turned to memorial work. At first modest headboards, here and there throughout the South, marked the resting places of fallen comrades. Later, when improved conditions justified larger expenditures, cemeteries were established in which were gathered the remains of the dead, and monuments commenced to replace the simple headboards. To-day, lofty and beautiful shafts in every part of the South stand in mute but eloquent evidence of the loving devotion of the Confederate soldiers to the memory of their dead.” (Wood, Confederate Handbook, 1900, p. 116.) c. The groups responsible for memorializing the dead did not effectively organize until the late 1890s. The United Daughters of the Confederacy was founded in 1894. “Immediately following the return of the Confederates at the close of the war, the women of the South, although sharing in the struggles of the men to provide for the daily wants of life and to restore shattered homes, devoted attention to perpetuating the memory of their husbands’, sons’ and brothers’ deeds, and to alleviating the wants of necessitous Confederate soldiers…at first the efforts of the women of the South in charitable and memorial directions were applied under no general or concerted plan. As the field of their operations grew wider, the necessity of enlarged organization became apparent…’The Daughters of the Confederacy’ entered into organized existence in Nashville, Tenn., Sept. 10, 1894…the objects of the Daughters of the Confederacy…are declared to be ‘educational, memorial, literary, social, and benevolent’…The work of perpetuating Confederate memories by the erection of monuments and other structures has been confided almost entirely to the Daughters of the Confederacy. Through their agency…monuments will be erected to fallen heroes to whose memory full tribute has not yet been paid. The South has reason to be thankful that the perpetuation of her most cherished memories has been confided to such faithful and worthy hands.” (Wood, Confederate Handbook, 1900, p. 107-108.) d. Monuments were often erected to commemorate various anniversaries of the war. Who erected them: answered in above questions and answers. What purpose do they serve today as relates to all races: 1.) They are a part of the history of all Southerners of any race whose ancestors lived in the South during the war, just as any aspect of local history is related to everyone’s ancestors, in some way, who lived in a certain time and place. 2.) A monument dedicated to all veterans is relevant to anyone who knows or is related to a veteran. 3.) They are public art. 4.) They are educational as a reminder of American history in general.

Event Center adds to schedule – Rocky Mount Telegram

The Watch Dog response: They b & complain because they didn’t want it to come oh to the Edgecombe County side. They b & complain because it is coming. They b & complain about the parking. They just b & complain because it is this council. Now they are b & complain about what is coming to the Center. Well it is coming so you may as well get over your b ing & complaing. And they b & complain about parking go to the July 3 fireworks and see where folk will be parking because everyone will not be able to park at the stadium. See folk being charged to park across the road and see folk parked all around the local area even on the by-pass. Point when I go to a Carolina Panthers game I see folk being charged to park all around the stadium however nearly every time I have gone I have been fortunate to get a parking pass to park in the Panthers Parking Lot. Also when I go to a basketball game at UNC Chapel Hill folk park all around because there is not enough parking. I see folk being bused in to these events because they park their cars at a location and get transported to the stadium. SMDH!

The Rocky Mount Event Center, with a grand opening set for Nov. 4, promises to bring new business by acquiring new activities and events to the area.

Sporting events will be a big driver of this plan, and securing tournaments, highly-attended high school rivalry basketball games and prominent performers like the Harlem Globetrotters — who will headline the grand opening — will be key as the city transitions into life with a state-of-the-art facility. 

The Event Center will be the home to a number of sporting events from around the area, as well as larger state-wide and regional tournaments. A big get that organizers are proud of is convincing the NTBA — National Travel Basketball Association — to play its title games in Rocky Mount. The NTBA will host its state championships at the event center in 2019. (Read more)


CSX renews plans for new terminal – Rocky Mount Telegram

The Watch Dog response: Some folk b. & complain because they don’t want to see Rocky Mount grow simply because of the current council.

The tracks have been switched to on again for the on-again, off-again CSX terminal in Edgecombe County.

A new intermodal transportation facility will be built to help industry get products to customers and spur growth in the region, officials with the state Department of Transportation announced Thursday.

“We are very excited to hear of CSX’s announcement today,” said Edgecombe County Manager Eric Evans. “The project itself will be a tremendous boost to our economy, and it will also be a major attraction for other businesses to locate here in our region.”

Evans said the new facility will be built across from N.C. Wesleyan College on land already purchased by CSX.

“It is the same property, just a smaller footprint for the facility,” Evans said.

The newly envisioned 330-acre site will be a traditional intermodal site allowing trucks to bring cargo containers to a rail yard where the containers will be transferred to trains for transport. The facility will serve many industries with efficient access to rail, said Carolinas Gateway Partnership CEO and President Norris Tolson. (Read more)