NC Gov. Aycock Historic Site In Fremont To Reopen

The boyhood home of former North Carolina Gov. Charles Aycock is ready for visitors again.

Aycock was governor from 1901 to 1905. His house in Fremont has been closed to the public since a January 2008 fire.

A celebration Sunday will mark its reopening for tours. It also will mark the site's 50th anniversary and the 150th anniversary of Aycock's birth.

Aycock is known for his education reforms. But his speeches supporting white supremacy have been scrutinized in recent years since research into the 1898 race riots in Wilmington.

In 2006, a state panel concluded that white supremacists overthrew government officials in New Hanover County by murdering and terrorizing blacks. It was the only recorded coup d'etat in U.S. history. Up to 60 people died in the riots.

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