Duplin County Unveils Civil Rights Marker

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.


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  • by Ed on Jan 16, 2012 at 10:59 AM
    i am a little confused.? in most counties civil war markers or our dead from the civil war have been removed from court house yards ect if i am not mistaken.i was under the impression this era was taboo.
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      by anonymous on Jan 16, 2012 at 08:23 PM in reply to Ed
      Time for new glasses, Ed.
  • by Reality on Jan 16, 2012 at 09:43 AM
    None of these comments make much since except just because somebody speaks to party affiliation you just guess they are racist. I guess you also just assume they are white. I think its great what this man did but what is wrong is that we are so stuck in the past. This country can't come together because we must make political and school lines racially equal, we must make companies and colleges racially equal, we have the NAACP reminding us everyday that white people are sorry and that we owe them something. Can't we just accept that racism runs both ways and that we need to get past what happened many years before most of us were even here. Can't people accomplish things in life, get jobs, and get in colleges based on their skills not to fill a racial quota.
  • by Lavon Location: Goldsboro on Jan 16, 2012 at 08:43 AM
    For the life of me I can't figure out what his Party affiliation has to do with what he did? I mean am I missing something here. I don't care what he was. What YOU! can't stand is what he stood for, that's what you hate. It doesn't have anything to do with what party he was in. Get real
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      by ?? on Jan 16, 2012 at 10:19 AM in reply to Lavon
      Are you looking to get Rev. Barber's job when falls over from eating?
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      by Anonymous on Jan 16, 2012 at 11:04 AM in reply to Lavon
      I knew you would chime in. Hint: my comments were meant for you and people like you who continually push the racist agenda in this country. I love what this guy stood for. He was an inventor and a successful businessman who wanted equality of opportunity in this country. He stands for exactly the OPPOSITE of what you stand for. P.S. Don't lie. You hate that this guy was a Republican because you've never once had anything positive to say about any Republican. You accused us of nothing but hate and greed in every post you've ever made. Well, the only hate I have is for the racists who hypocritically claim to fight racism. Shoe fitting yet Cinderella?
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        by Lavon on Jan 16, 2012 at 12:18 PM in reply to
        I ASKED YOU A QUESTION, What does his Party affiliation has to do with the Civil Rights movement and what he stood for? For the life of me I cannot figure out what the two have to do with each other and why you would even mention that. Im trying to figure out what point your trying to make by saying he was a Republican. Oh wait I get it. It's because your mad because your party can't get the black vote and that's why you sorry behinds lost in 2008. Well guess what. YOU AIN'T GOING TO GET IT THIS YEAR EITHER!!
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        by Cboy on Jan 16, 2012 at 02:10 PM in reply to
        Excelent post Anonymous.
  • by Relevance? on Jan 16, 2012 at 07:34 AM
    Do you want a pat on the back for guessing that he was a Republican? Of course he was a Republican. At that time, nearly all black people were Republicans (the party of Lincoln). What's the point in noting that the articles "wouldn't talk about it"? It isn't relevant to anything that the articles mention, so why would they talk about it? He was a black politician in the late 1800s -- it's a given that he was a Republican.
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      by Anonymous on Jan 16, 2012 at 08:34 AM in reply to Relevance?
      Calling attention to subtle racism is very relevant to this article. Of course, I already knew he was a Republican but I was using irony to call out WITN and the rest of the Left for being racist. Thanks for noticing but obviously you missed the point. The fact that 70 percent of the articles I've read ignore party affiliation when talking about an African American legislator if that could possibly look positive for Republicans is in itself racist. And guess what, I despise racism regardless of the skin color of the racist. I'm also not stupid enough to believe only white people can be racist, like a large portion of our country today.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 16, 2012 at 06:23 AM
    Of course, since the first 4 articles I could find wouldn't talk about it, I was sure I would find his party affiliation was Republican after a few more looks. I was right. Great story! This guy sounds like a real Renaissance man. He was a soldier, inventor, and politician (before that became a dirty word).
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