Historical Marker Scrapped

An amateur historian's research has forced the state to scrap a historical marker in Randolph County.

The marker claimed that the leader of a militia who challenged corrupt tax collectors in the 1700s was later a state lawmaker.

Historian Warren Dixon argued that the marker erected in 1963 recognized the accomplishments of two men, both named James Hunter.

One led a band of backwoods men known as the Regulators into the 1771 Battle of Alamance, which was one of the first acts of rebellion against British rule in North Carolina.

The other was a member of the state Legislature from 1772 to 1782 and a state auditor.

He is the one most likely to have been buried near the former marker. But because his home was actually near Julian, the state has agreed to move the marker this spring.