Greetings from the Founder and Board Chairman Today, as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, we are celebrating our second anniversary with sponsors, special guests, supporters, families, and friends of the Kannapolis African-American Museum and Cultural Center, Inc. (KAA MaCC). Many thanks are owed for the public interest, support, and donations. On behalf of the KAA-MaCC Board of Directors and Corporate Officers, I welcome you and hope you will enjoy the gala celebration. I would like to thank Mr. Larry B. Johnson , Ms. Jacqueline L. Anthony, Mr. Terry K. Griffin, and our event coordinator, Mrs. Leondras Davis, for planning this lovely evening. Also, we are so delighted to have Mr. John W. Hill, a native of Kannapolis, as our guest speaker. Welcome home John! Our theme for this gala event, and all occasions/activities, is “Continuing the Quest for the History Untold”. There is so much history which is unknown, untold and uncollected. It will take more than a village, town, city, and county to accomplish this monumental task. We need individuals, families, organizations, churches, and others to start collecting and organizing items for potential museum display. Collection of oral histories and recorded interviews are welcomed. KAA MaCC’s main goal is to obtain a building which will display our collections of historical significance. Our history is replete with influences from different cultures, events [local and national], organizations, movements, religion, and businesses to name a few. The museum will be open for all to see and enjoy. The Cultural Center will sponsor activities for seniors and youth of Cabarrus County. KAA-MaCC has focused much of the year on Board development and community activity. Many members have visited museums to learn about operations, fundraising, budget planning, marketing, and sustainability. The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts+Culture welcomed us for our first Board Retreat. Mr. David Taylor, President/CEO was our speaker. Mr John W. Hill was our facilitator and recorder. The Board gained much helpful information to plan “next steps’’ for our organization. Also, the Board played a very active role in the planning and celebration held July 17, 2015 for Ms. Maggie Poole Bryant’s 100th birthday. Ms. Bryant was a longtime librarian for the former G. W. Carver School. We are very excited about our new, official logo which will be formally unveiled this evening. The formation was a collaborative effort with Nilmoni Bhar and Paresh Kumar Tripathy and the Board of Directors. Many thanks go out to Ms. Jacqueline Anthony and the Board for seeing this project to completion. Also, we are equally excited about a new program entitled KAA-MaCC Legacy Hall of Fame wherein inductees are agreed upon by the Board. We will honor African-Americans, from Cabarrus County and/or nearby towns, who are or were “Trailblazers” or contributors who make a positive difference in the lives of others. Our first inductees are Mr. Emanuel Stowe, Mr. William L. Reid, Sr., and Mrs. Hannah T. Reid Bingham. As you can see, developing and executing plans to build and operate a museum and cultural center is an arduous and ambitious goal. Along the way, there are many steps to follow, people to meet, places to visit, and things to implement. We are looking forward to a continued “partnership with the City of Kannapolis”; and we are anticipating a place/site in the future ‘’Historical and Cultural District’’ downtown. With God’s help, KAA-MaCC remains dedicated and committed to make our goal a reality and to ‘’Serve, Engage, Enrich Community. To God be the Glory!
Ruby L. Anthony-White, M.D.
Greetings from the President/CEO Welcome to the Second Anniversary Gala of the Kannapolis African-American Museum and Cultural Center, Inc. (KAA-MaCC). On behalf of the Board of Directors and corporate officers, I am thankful for your friendship and continued support of our fundraising endeavors. We thank you for coming to help us recognize the work we have done. “As we celebrate the second anniversary of the museum and cultural center, we will recognize the inspiration of our founder, the hard work of our Board, volunteers, and the support of a caring community.” Since 2013, the museum has been meeting with community leaders in Cabarrus and Mecklenburg County. “In the very beginning, the museum gathered some artifacts and this year, we commemorate the lives of three trailblazers who have gone home to be with the Lord. “Our mission of building a museum and cultural center is beginning to grow and residents and friends of KAA-MaCC in Cabarrus County and throughout the United States, are recognizing the importance of preserving the history of African-Americans. The impact of having a museum that tells the story of how we migrated to this county in North Carolina will help to preserve and promote our history for future generations. “Our goals to achieve our mission through exhibits, educational and outreach programs, and collections, will undoubtedly enable KAA-MaCC to serve, engage and enrich community. We are on the road to form a diverse KAA-MaCC Children’s Choir that will be a vehicle to unite children and families as well as collaborate to exchange ideas and encourage involvement in the performing arts and community/social events. Different communities must learn things from each other in order to form a diverse environment that is welcoming to those on the outside. We can now proudly say that KAA-MaCC is looking forward to becoming a center of excellence and a destination for your family, friends, and tourists in the City of Kannapolis. Finally, our celebration would not be possible without the energy and visionary leadership of Dr. Ruby Anthony-White. She is driven to seeing a museum and cultural center downtown and this quest is very important for our children to know from whence they came, so that they too can look back and move forward to build a future of greatness in Cabarrus County. Special thanks are owed to Larry B. Johnson and Terry K. Griffin for their time and efforts to make this a night to remember. Many thanks are also due to Nancy B. Anthony for serving as the Board’s administrative support. And, we are forever grateful for your commitment to support KAA-MaCC in its infancy, as we mark this second year as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Jacqueline L. Anthony
John W. Hill Born in Kannapolis, North Carolina to the parents of John and Virginia Saddler Hill, April 4, 1947, he graduated from George Washington Carver High School in 1965. John received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Winston-Salem State University in 1969. Mr. Hill did graduate work at Howard University in Social Work, and the University of the District of Columbia in counseling psychology between 1972 and 1975. In 2006, he received a M.A. degree in school counseling from George Mason University. John served honorably in the US Army for three years and had been stationed in Vietnam and Germany. He retired after 35 years as a case coordinator from a private residential school in Virginia, the Timber Ridge School. Prior employment included, but not limited to, the United States Federal Probation Office, an adult education teacher, and mental health counselor. He is a member of various social and civic organizations and is on the board of directors for a major art group within his community. His leisure time is spent collecting African and Black American Memorabilia, using the fitness trail at the Winchester City Park, bowling (whenever possible), using his exercise bike, enjoying stage/musical performances at the local theatre and Shenandoah University, and coordinates the African American Art Exhibit for the Shenandoah Arts Council. Mr. Hill represents the Second Ward on the Winchester City Council in Virginia. He has been working on two projects that's specific to the African American residents of the city.
Programme October 3, 2015 ~ 6:00 p.m. Jacqueline L. Anthony and Larry B. Johnson Mistress and Master of Ceremony Prelude
Mr. Shipps Washington, Pianist
Ms. Jacqueline L. Anthony
Mr. Larry B. Johnson KAA-MaCC, Board Member
Greetings from the City of Kannapolis
Mr. M. Darrell Hinnant Mayor
Recognition of KAA-MaCC Board of Directors and Corporate Officers
Mr. Terry K. Griffin KAA-MaCC, Vice President
Mr. James A. Gaither
Recognition of Sponsors and Special Guests *
KAA-MaCC, Board Member
Mr. John W. Hill
Mr. William L. Reid, Sr. (Educator: Mr. Emanuel Stowe (Businessman:
Ms. Jacqueline L. Anthony
Principal and Coach, G. W. Carver School)
Mrs. Hannah T. Reid Bingham (Educator:
English Teacher, G. W. Carver School)
Bail Bond Agent, Cabarrus County)
Presentation of KAA-MaCC Official Logo Announcement of Silent Auction Winners
Ms. Barbara Blakeney Councilman, Winchester, Virginia
KAA-MaCC Legacy Hall of Fame (5 minutes)
Mrs. Ruth M. Curry
“Negro National Anthem”
Mrs. Leondras Davis
Introduction of Speaker Selection
KAA-MaCC, Board Member
Ms. Jacqueline L. Anthony Mr. John L. Kirkland
KAA-MaCC, Board Member
Dr. Ruby L. Anthony-White
Anniversary Gala Dance
Kannapolis African-American Museum and Cultural Center, Inc. Mission Our mission is to collect and preserve the history and culture of the African-American family in Kannapolis and its neighboring communities in Cabarrus County, North Carolina. We will build a museum and cultural center to serve, engage, and enrich the community. Vision The Kannapolis African-American Museum and Cultural Center (KAA-MaCC) seeks to be recognized as a national model for documenting, interpreting, and presenting local history and culture.
Excellence: KAA-MaCC seeks to produce exhibits of distinction and programs of excellence by: offering the highest quality guest experience, conducting business with the highest ethical standards, and observing best practices in our operations. Learning: KAA-MaCC seeks to be a learning center for visitors, volunteers, and staff as education may be acquired in unusual ways and can stimulate interest and encourage innovation. We value our role as a “center” for life-long learning in our community. Diversity: KAA-MaCC seeks to recognize diversity of experiences in the African-American community and plans to conduct social and cultural activities that enhance positive goals and ideas. We value our traditions and trust that our past informs our future; and by bringing together diverse groups, we can create new approaches to understanding. Collaboration and Community: KAA-MaCC recognizes that with a commitment to the community to promote collaboration, we seek to engage partnerships wherein we exchange ideas and encourage involvement in the creative process. We value our role as a “center” where ideas can evolve and everyone’s voice can be heard as we learn from each other. In this way, we will create genuine bonds between our institution and the public.
Goals KAA-MaCC will strive to meet all of its goals and provide visitors with a greater understanding of African American people by:
achieving our mission through exhibits, educational programs, collections, publications, and outreach programs designed to serve, engage, and enrich community; providing the community with a venue in which to enjoy art, lectures, performing arts, education, and community/social events; providing exhibits that allow all visitors to understand the history and culture from an African American point-of-view through the use of oral history, photography, artifacts, replication, and audio/visual productions; being an archival resource for interested citizens and scholars; and becoming a destination for tourists in the City of Kannapolis, North Carolina.
KAA-MaCC: Serving, Engaging, Enriching Community
Kannapolis African-American Museum and Cultural Center, Inc.
Board of Directors Dr. Ruby L. Anthony-White, Chairman - Dr. Anthony-White closed her solo internal medicine practice in Ennis, Texas on October 31, 2014. She is anticipating a move back to Cabarrus County. Currently, she is practicing Occupational Medicine at the Dallas VA Hospital in Dallas, Texas. Beforehand, she practiced occupational medicine serving as Clinic Director for various corporations (GM Plant, Oklahoma City; Mobil OilPaulsboro Refinery, New Jersey; Smith Clinic, Marion, Ohio; and Visteon Corporation, Connersville, Indiana). Also, her work experience includes the Veterans Administration, CBOC Richmond, Indiana. She is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force (active and reserve duty) and separated in 1985. Her educational background includes a graduate of the G. W. Carver School (1967), Livingstone College (1971), UNC Medical School (1975); Internship and Residency in Internal Medicine, Georgetown Medical Division, DC General Hospital. Mr. William L. Reid, Jr. - He is the son of Mr. William L Reid Sr., former Principal at G. W. Carver High School in Kannapolis for over 28 years, until his passing in 1965. His mother, Hannah T. Reid taught High School English at Carver. Mr. Reid worked at RCA Defense Division, Moorestown, N.J, General Electric, and Lockheed Martin Corporation from 1969 to 2011 in various procurement positions. He retired from Lockheed Martin Missile Surface Radar Division, as Vice President of Sourcing in 2011. Before retirement, Mr. Reid was active on the Board of Directors of several organizations, including Burlington Co. N.J, United Way/Fund, The Regional Minority Purchasing Council of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware; and the National Organization of Purchasing Managers.
Mrs. Ruth M. Curry
Mrs. Curry was one of the first Black teachers to be employed
in the integrated school system of Kannapolis. She was nominated Fred L. Wilson’s candidate to receive the Governors Award for excellence in teaching, and has been acknowledged for excellence as a distinguished educator in Who’s Who among American Teachers. She is a member of Delta Kappa Gamma (Inactive), a society for outstanding educators. Throughout her 31 years as a classroom teacher, Mrs. Curry remained active in the National Education Association, and the Association of Classroom Teachers. She remains active in the Retired Teacher’s Association and the Alumni Associations of Barber -Scotia College, and UNCC. She has served as secretary of NAABS, the national Association of Barber-Scotia.
Kannapolis African-American Museum and Cultural Center, Inc.
Board of Directors Dr. Ernest J. Goodson - Dr. Goodson currently serves on the Board of Directors for the UNC Healthcare System, PNC Bank, UNC-General Alumni Association, the Harvard Club Research Triangle, and Light on the Hill Scholarship Fund. He has more than 25 publications credited to his resumĂŠ, has lectured here and abroad, earned 20 state and national awards in dentistry, and is President of the North Carolina Association of Orthodontists (first African-American to hold this position), and past President of the Old North State Dental Society. He was recently inducted into two international dental honor fraternities, the International College of Dentistry and the Academy of Dentistry International.
Mr. James A. Gaither - Mr. Gaither is a former member of the Johnson C. Smith University Board of Trustees, president of the Raleigh/Durham Chapter of JCSU, and president of the JCSU National Alumni Association; former Omega Life Membership Foundation director, investment chairman, and budget committee chairman; founding member of North Callas, Texas Area Alumni Chapter of JCSU. Currently, Mr. Gaither is president of the Swank Social Club; and he is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and currently, serves as chairman of the budget committee.
Mr. Larry B. Johnson - Mr. Johnson is an English teacher at Northeast High School before becoming an administrator at Chesapeake High School, where he retired. He served on many curriculum and interview committees, and on several Middle States Evaluation teams around the state and in Washington, D.C. He also taught English at Anne Arundel Community College for more than 12 years. A master teacher and very capable school administrator, he then joined the faculty in the Department of English and Language Arts at Morgan State University. He attended graduate schools at Morgan State University, the College of Notre Dame of Maryland (now Notre Dame of Maryland University), and Bowie State University. He is the treasurer of the Middle Atlantic Writers Association.
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Board of Directors Mr. John L. Kirkland - Mr. Kirkland is a 1963 graduate of G. W. Carver High School and a 1971 graduate of North Carolina A&T State University where he earned a B. S. degree in Manufacturing Technology. Before graduating from A&T, he served three years in the U. S. Army as a construction surveyor with one tour of duty in Viet Nam. Through the years, he has worked as a manufacturing engineering, section manager; sales engineer; technical center manager; estimator; estimating manager; and general manager with Fortune 500 companies and smaller family-owned companies. Mr Kirkland has always been active in his community - serving as church trustee, youth activity coordinator, football and soccer coach, community watch group, NAACP, and the Alphi Phi Alphi Fraternity.
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Corporate Officers Ms. Jacqueline L. Anthony, President/CEO - Ms. Anthony is a native of Kannapolis, North who attended G. W. Carver School and A. L. Brown High School. She is a Morgan State University graduate with a B.A. degree in Political Science. Ms. Anthony is currently employed at the Charlotte Housing Authority. She has also worked at The Johns Hopkins University Facilities Management & Real Estate, UNC Charlotte, BarberScotia College Presidentâ€™s Office and Cabarrus County. She is an active member of The A.M.E. Zion Church and serves in many areas including the W.H.&OM Society where she was elected and installed the Director of Communications on July 30, 2015. Currently, she is an active member of the Morgan State University Charlotte Alumni Association; chairperson of the Kannapolis Advisory Commission on Community Development; and former Board member of the Cabarrus County United Way of Central Carolinas and past president of the Charlotte Chapter of IAAP.
Mr. Terry K. Griffin, Vice President - Mr. Griffin retired in 2012 from Altria, a leader in the wine and tobacco industry, where he served as a Sales Representative in Chattanooga, TN before moving on to a Division Manager role in Atlanta, GA. He later took on a special project in New York City before finishing his career in Raleigh, NC as a Unit Manager. While at Altria, he served on several teams to recruit the top brightest students from universities such as UNC Chapel Hill and Florida A&M. Mr. Griffin later spearheaded the collaboration to bring those recruitment efforts to Winston Salem State University and established a partnership to select graduating seniors for career opportunities with Altria.
Mrs. Nancy B. Anthony, Secretary - Mrs. Anthony retired from AT&T in 2004 where she worked in the credit card fraud department. She is a lifetime member of Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church in Kannapolis where she is a member of the choir and serves of various boards, committees and offices . Mrs. Anthony is a member of The Little Texas Community, volunteers with Hospice House and United Way of Cabarrus County. She is an assistant poll worker for the Cabarrus County Board of Elections. She recently completed the Kannapolis Citizens Academy Class of 2014.
The KAA-MaCC, Inc. Board of Directors Presents the Official Logo
A GIFT OF LOVE AND REMEMBRANCE Of Mr. Benjamin T. Dupree “The heart hath its own memory, like the mind. And in it are enshrined the precious keepsakes, into which is wrought the giver’s loving thought”. (Longfellow)
Mrs. Billie Steepleton Dupree ON THE SECOND ANNIVERSARY OF THE KANNAPOLIS AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM AND CULTURAL CENTER OCTOBER 3, 2015
Congratulations and Best Wishes to the Kannapolis African-American Museum and Cultural Center, Inc. “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.” Galatians 3:28 (KVJ)
“When we change the way we look at things, the things we look at change.”
May God’s blessings be bestowed upon you for the good work you do. James Ernest Cannon
Congratulations to the Kannapolis African-American Museum and Cultural Center, Inc.
SMS Energy Group, Inc. 2315 Dale Earnhardt Boulevard Kannapolis, North Carolina 28083 Talmadge Brown, President
Educator: Principal and Coach, G. W. Carver School, Kannapolis, North Carolina
Born in Salisbury, North Carolina, Mr. William Lee Reid, Sr. was the son of Joseph and Rosetta Jordan Reid. After completing his elementary and secondary education in the Salisbury Public Schools, he received his Bachelor’s degree from Livingstone College, Salisbury, North Carolina, and his Master’s degree at Columbia University, New York, New York. In September 1933, Mr. Reid was appointed principal of the then Centerview Elementary School in Kannapolis, North Carolina. Under his leadership, high school grades were added. His wife, Hannah Tolbert (Reid) joined the staff in 1934. According to a history written by Mrs. Margaret Sutton Willie, the “Centerview School was replaced with a thirty-one room modern brick building with a [gymtorium], home economics department, library, art, industrial education and [well-equipped] science department. The building was completed in 1937 and classes began in the new facility in early January 1938. The school was officially renamed George Washington Carver High School. Enlargement, addition, accreditation, cultural change, acquisition of student loans, and enhancement of school and community relationships characterized Mr. Reid’s administration.” Under his leadership, and with Mrs. Reid by his side, the student body grew from more than one hundred to more than nine hundred. H is son, William Lee Reid, Jr. (Billy), graduated in 1963. The civic-minded Mr. Reid was a member of the North Carolina Teachers Association, the National Education Association, the District Parent-Teachers Association, the Cabarrus Tri-County Teachers Unit, and the North Carolina Athletic Association. A member of Moore’s Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church in Salisbury, North Carolina, Mr. Reid was a member of its Board of Trustees. In Kannapolis, he gave generously to the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church.
Mr. Reid cared deeply about Carver, its students, faculty, and staff. He understood that “it takes a village to raise a child.” So, he brought together a dedicated and innovative faculty and staff; cooperative, supportive parents; and willing, eager students to help mold some of the world’s finest citizens. The entire community of learners had the utmost respect for Mr. Reid - a man of courage, an able leader, and a dedicated servant of humankind. Indeed, Mr. Reid was Carver’s number one cheerleader. When it comes to writing the history of African Americans in Cabarrus County, North Carolina, no history can be complete without the voice of William Lee Reid, Sr., whose spirited line, “By God I come for the best,” still echoes the voice of a visionary, who was one of Kannapolis’ finest educators.
Written by Larry B. Johnson
Educator: English Teacher, G. W. Carver School, Kannapolis, North Carolina
Born February 5, 1906, in Greenwood, South Carolina, Mrs. Hannah Tolbert Reid Bingham was the seventh child of John G. and Hannah Lites Tolbert. After completing her elementary and high school education at Brewer Normal School, she received her Bachelor’s degree from Atlanta University (now Clark Atlanta University) and her Master’s degree from Columbia University, New York City. Mrs. Reid Bingham began her teaching career in the Florence, South Carolina School System, moving to Kannapolis, North Carolina, after three years there to teach English at George Washington Carver High School. At Carver, she worked diligently with her husband, William L. Reid, Sr., who was the school principal. Their son, William L. Reid, Jr. (Billy), graduated from Carver in 1963. After Mr. Reid died in 1965, she subsequently married Arthur B. Bingham, who died in 1996. When the Kannapolis schools integrated in 1967 and Carver was closed, Mrs. Reid Bingham was transferred to A. L. Brown High School, where she continued teaching English until her retirement after thirty-one years in the Kannapolis City Schools System. Mrs. Reid Bingham’s career took her beyond the classroom. She participated in the National Education Association’s Educational Tours Program, making three tours to Europe and other highlights around the world to broaden her oasis of people, places, and cultures. The civic-minded Mrs. Reid Bingham served as a member of the Board of Education in the Salisbury City Schools and as an election judge for East Ward II in Salisbury, North Carolina. At Moore’s Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church in Salisbury, Mrs. Reid Bingham served in several capacities during her more than sixty years there: member of the Board of Trustees; teacher in the Adult Sunday School class; and chairperson of several initiatives, including a program to assist Japanese exchange students attending Livingstone College. Yet, at George Washington Carver School (a consolidated school that included grades one through twelve), students and adults alike who looked to Mrs. Reid Bingham for guidance were renewed through her wisdom. She helped them cultivate their faith in themselves and in humankind. She helped them develop a belief system, to build a future, and to seek fair play. As a teacher, she came along when it was all right to teach values, to tell students to go to church on Sunday, to make them aware of their moral insensitivities, and to expect and receive respect from them. Indeed, when it comes to writing the history of African Americans in Cabarrus County, North Carolina, no history can be complete without the voice of Hannah Tolbert Reid Bingham, who often exclaimed, “My name is Hannah T; tell it to me.” And they did. Mrs. Reid Bingham died November 25, 2000, in Salisbury, North Carolina.
Written by Larry B. Johnson
American Entrepreneur and Civil Rights Leader in Kannapolis/Concord, NC Emanuel Stowe, fondly known as “Mr. Stowe”, born April 24, 1918, was the first child of the late Veatrice Cook Kendrick and Samuel Stowe in Gastonia, North Carolina. As he grew into manhood, he became a modern day Quintessential Renaissance Man. Emanuel graduated from Highland High School in Gastonia and, in 1936, entered Shaw University on a four-year athletic scholarship and became a star football player. In his prime, Stowe was a professional prize fighter who fought on the same card with the Brown Bomber himself, Joe Lewis. His educational pursuit was interrupted due to being drafted in the United States Army during World War II in the South Pacific. He survived heavy combat duty including six bombing raids on his ship and recuperated in New Zealand following shrapnel wounds.
After the war, he settled in Kannapolis and became well known for community service. He was a generous and caring person with a benevolent and sweet smile that could turn sadness into joy. He devoted tireless years as a political activist. Stowe fought Jim Crowe and struggled to bring a voice to the Black community by spearheading voter registration and driving voters to the polls. This was a tradition he continued for decades - year after year. He believed ,if you don’t vote you are irrelevant to the process. Once during a race riot in the Logan community, police called Mr. Stowe for assistance because he was able to quell angry rioters and establish peaceful coalition. Aside from “Mr. Stowe’s” political involvement, he was an astute businessman. In the early forties, he owned and operated Stowe’s Taxicab and Dry Cleaners (driving voters to the polls which started his political affiliation). In 1941, he established his own bonding company, on the corner of Union and Corban Avenue in Concord, NC, making a name for himself in the law enforcement community - earning the respect of Sheriff’s deputies and ‘wanted men’ alike in business, up until the time of his death. He built two solid companies from the ground up, at a time when the end of segregation also meant the end of many Black-owned businesses. He was skilled at his craft because he understood where human nature could lead people. At age 84, Stowe may have moved slowly, but he always went to work where his beliefs were that “your word is your bond”. The walls in his office were adorned with pictures of the presidents over the years, along with the many congressmen and local politicians that he worked with. Mr. Stowe was highly esteemed within the Democratic Party. In his spare time, he was an avid hunter and raised prize winning bird dogs. For more than three decades, “Mr. Stowe” made a personal commitment to values and ideals (particularly when it came to saving money) that were instilled in him by his Mother which started at an early age. Once, when his Mother was ill, the doctor was called to make a house call but the family was unable to pay the bill until young Emanuel pulled out his piggy bank, and managed to pay the bill all by himself…in full!!! He was always proud of that and, to this day, he has taken care of his own in that way. Because of this commitment, just before his death, he was able to witness his own honorary day - “Emanuel Stowe Day”, February 22, 2002, sponsored by a non-profit organization that was spearheaded by his oldest daughter, Manualyn Stowe Faison. During this cultural event, he was presented the key to the city by then Mayor Ray Moss, who described Mr. Stowe as a valuable trailblazer and a peacemaker. Weeks after the ceremony, Stowe still had the key in his coat pocket and was proud to show it off. Stowe had collected stories and experiences that could fill volumes of books. In his mind, he was just an average person, but Stowe was just as colorful as the people who lingered in his memories. He was 84 years old when he peacefully departed this life on December 2, 2002, while at Northeast Medical Center, Concord, NC. Stowe himself summed it up best “My mother told me I was born to fight. Most of my fights ended in knockouts.” Members of the Emanuel Stowe Family include the late Antoinette Duran Stowe, daughter of Bessie Benson Duren; daughter, Manualyn Stowe (Douglas) Faison and children, Antoinette Lewis (David) King and Paul Manuel Lewis (Cameron Terrell, Ryan Manuel, and Brooke Courtney Lewis); son, the late Robert Gawain Stowe (Mark, Katrina, Alex, and Matthew Stowe); daughter, Trina Stowe (Jimmie) Hackett; brother, Rev. James (Sarah) Stowe; sisters, Martha Stowe (William) Tate, Ester Stowe (Nathaniel) Davis, Elizabeth Stowe (Charles) Johnson; niece, Patricia Ann (the late Frank) Thomas an Chanel Timmons; nephew, Harry Henry; and adopted son, Ralph Eudy. *Emanuel was a member of East First Baptist Church of Kannapolis, NC, the Democratic National Committee, Cabarrus County Democratic Committee, Mecklenburg Bail Agents Unlimited, NC Bail Agents Association, and was a former Cabarrus County Social Services board member.
Written by Antoinette Lewis King, Granddaughter
Congratulations to the Kannapolis African-American Museum and Cultural Center, Inc. as you celebrate your Second Anniversary on October 3, 2015. May KAA-MaCC have abundant successes in future endeavors. The G. W. Carver Alumni Association
A BIG THANK YOU TO THE
KANNAPOLIS AFRICAN-AMERICAN MUSEUM AND CULTURAL CENTER FOR YOUR CONTRIBUTION TO AND PARTICIPATION IN
My 100th Birthday Celebration “It was wonderful, wonderful, wonderful!”
CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR
SECOND ANNIVERSARY “I am sure it will be a great success.” Ms. Maggie P. Bryant G.W. Carver School Librarian
In Loving Memory of Our Parents,
Rev. (Chap. Maj.) John R. and Ora Graeber Wesley And Our Brother,
Dr. Col. (Ret.) Wayne G. Woods
By Dr. Barbara Wesley Baker and Lt. Col. (Ret.) John R. Wesley, II
Congratulations and Best Wishes to The Kannapolis African-American
Museum and Cultural Center, Inc. On Your Second Anniversary â€œBut seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.â€? Matthew 17:20 (KJV)
Mrs. Iris M. Battle Missionary Supervisor, Piedmont Episcopal District
The Right Reverend George E. Battle, Jr. Presiding Prelate, Piedmont Episcopal District and Senior Bishop, The African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church
Wishing the Kannapolis African-American Museum and Cultural Center, Inc. Much Success In this New Venture â€œAnd, Jesus said unto thee, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be
impossible unto you.â€? Matthew 17:20 (KJV)
Gregory and Sylvia Curry
August 2, 1960 - May 27, 2015
The Cabarrus County Branch NAACP congratulates KAA-MaCC and its Board of Directors for the continuing evolution of your dreams as you work toward the organization’s theme “Quest for History Untold”. Keep Moving Forward
CABARRUS COUNTY BRANCH NAACP Amos McClorey, President Cabarrus County NAACP
A New Leader A New Vision A New Direction
Let’s make Kannapolis a city of Excellence - get involved.
ELECT: Amos McClorey a public servant Leader who would work to protect the environment, Keep the City Clean, Safe and bring new technological initiatives to Kannapolis. A team player dedicated to getting things done.
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Congratulations KAA-MaCC on your second anniversary. May all of your endeavors be successful. I have been a Kannapolis resident for 76 years. More than a 40 year connection to the school. I took part in the meetings that resulted in the naming of the school, George Washington Carver High. Teachers were dedicated not only in the classrooms, but in the community. My sister, Nettie Lytle Miller, was one of those teachers. So, I submit “The Teacher’s Prayer” in my sister’s memory. The Teacher’s Prayer by James J. Metcalf I want to teach my students how - to live this life on earth, To face its struggles and its strife and to improve their worth. Not just the lesson in a book, Or how the rivers flow, But to choose the proper path, Where ever they may go. To understand eternal truth, And know right from wrong, And gather all the beauty of a flower and a song. For if I help the world to grow in wisdom and grace, Then I feel that I have won and I have filled my place. And, so I ask your guidance, God that I may do my part. For character and confidence and happiness of heart.
Best Wishes KAA-MaCC, (Mrs.) Corine Lytle Cannon l
Congratulations to KAA-MaCC, Inc. and Best Wishes for Continued Progress and Success Press forward, for the sky is the limit … and remember, “I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.” Phillipians 4:13 (NIV)
Paul and April Lucas
CONGRATULATIONS Kannapolis African-American Museum and Cultural Center Second Anniversary
Phyllis J. Martin
Larry B. Johnson
Jacqueline J. Nolton
A. Wayne Johnson
Mae J. Coleman
Connie M. Strong l
Best Wishes KAA-MaCC
May success follow you in all the work you continue to do for residents of Cabarrus County, North Carolina. Keep moving forward for the Lord is with you every step of the way! Margaret A. Forte & Family Tekoah, Anthony Abigail and Malik l
Congratulations KAA-MaCC, Inc. May the blessings of God be with you! “… whatsoever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God, our Father.” Colossians 3:17 The Reverend Dr. Grant Harrison, Jr. Presiding Elder, Salisbury District and Dr. Joanne K. Harrison First Lady, Salisbury District Western North Carolina Conference The African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church
PATRONS Senator Joyce D. Waddell 40th District, Mecklenburg County, NCGA
Joanne H. Graham P. David & Nancy C. Jernigan
Willian Peeler Anthony “Danny” Curry Ms. Aida Andrews Wilson and Judy Delancy
Dr. Dolan and Mrs. Ruth Hampton Hubbard Chalmers Johnson Sarah Russell White
Natalie Curry Pamela Phifer Ronnie and Brenda Anthony Barbara Blakeney
Congratulations to KAA-MaCC, Inc.
On the Second Anniversary Celebration of Making a Dream Reality! John R. Thompson
Meeting with G.W. Carver Alumni Location: In Centerview at Marable Memorial AME Zion Church - August 15, 2013
Original Proposed Site for the Museum and Cultural Center
G. W. Carver Alumni Association Reunion 2014
Mr. Milton Taylor
Dr. Herman Thomas
Mrs. Ruth M. Curry
Mayor Darrell Hinnant
Mrs. Mary C. Blakeney
Mr. Shelwyn Klutz
Mr. Larry B. Johnson
Mrs. Billye S. Dupree
Dr. Ruby L. Anthony-White
KAA-MaCC, Inc. First Anniversary Celebration
KAA-MaCC, Inc. First Anniversary Celebration
Mrs. Janet J. Murdock
Ms. Barbara Blakeney
Mr. James Gaither, Mrs. Corrine Cannon, and Mayor Hinnant Dr. Anthony-White, Founder and Board Chairman, KAA-MaCC, Inc.
Mrs. Gwendolyn P. Smith
Mrs. April Anthony-Lucas and Ms. Jacqueline L. Anthony
Drs. Thomas and Anthony-White
Mayor Hinnant and Mrs. Blakeney
Negro National Anthem James Weldon Johnson (1871-1938)
Lift Every Voice and sing till earth and heaven ring Ring with the harmonies of liberty Let our rejoicing rise high as the listening skies Let it resound loud as the rolling sea Sing a song, full of the faith that the dark past has taught us Sing a song, full of the hope that the present has brought us Facing the rising sum of our new day begun Let us march on till victory is won Stony the road we trod, bitter the chastening rod felt in the days when hope unborn had died yet with a steady beat, have not our weary feet come to the place for which our fathers sighed? We have come, over a way that which tears has been watered We have come, treading out path through the blood of the slaughtered Out of the gloomy past, till now we stand at last, Where the white gleam of our bright star is cast GOD of our weary years, GOD of our silent tears Thou Who has brought us thus far on the way Thou Who hast by Thy might, led us into the light Keep us for-e-ver in the path we pray Lest our feet, stray from the places our GOD where me met thee Lest our hearts, drunk with the wine of the world we forget Thee Shadowed beneath thy hand, may we forever stand True to our God, True to our native land.
Mae Johnson Coleman Pamela Phifer Barbara Blakeney Sarah R. White
Patricia Johnson Natalie Curry Deborah Long Dorothy Gill-Smith
Living is like tearing through a museum. Not until later do you really start absorbing what you saw, thinking about it, looking it up in a book, and remembering because you canâ€™t take it in all at once. Audrey Hepburn
Platinum: Carolinas HealthCare System Silver: Mrs. Billie Steepleton Dupree Bronze: Mr. James Ernest Cannon Bronze: SMS Energy Group, Inc.
KAA-MaCC, Inc. 1579 Kingston Drive Kannapolis, NC 28083 Office: (704) 925-1314 Fax: (704) 925-1315
Souvenir Journal (October 3, 2015)