Local Painter Is Honored

February is African American History Month, and there's one artist in the east that's helping carry the torch of African American achievements in 2006.

Richard Wilson started painting when he was 8, and he has become the first black artist to have any work of art hung in any of our states courthouses. But, Wilson's achievements don't stop there. He won the International Arts Club Award, took first place in the Best of North Carolina Artist category, and was awarded the Herman Melville Award of Excellence.

You can see some of Wilson's art at the New Bern Convention Center as they host some of his famed pieces.