A historical marker will be dedicated for a freed black man who became a successful farmer, carpenter, mechanic and legislator in the Civil War era.
The marker is being dedicated Monday in Magnolia not far from the gravesite of Parker David Robbins, who was born in 1834 in Bertie County. The dedication of the N.C. Highway Historical marker will be one aspect of Duplin County's observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Robbins enlisted in the U.S. Colored Troops, obtaining the rank of sergeant major just 10 days after he enlisted. After the war, he returned to Bertie County and helped write a new state constitution.
Robbins was elected to the N.C. House of Representatives for the 1869-1870 session. He later moved to Duplin County, where he died in 1917.