Gordon Mercer and Marcia Mercer discuss some newly emerging history on mostly women and children that were deported and imprisoned in the Civil War.
Sometimes major and significant historical events are lost. “Several Southeastern tribes have long said that their ancestors received immigrants from Mesoamerica and that these immigrants introduced many cultural changes. Far too few anthropologists were listening,” according to Richard Thornton
This quote is by Lawrence Peter “Yogi “ Berra, a veteran of D Day in World War ll and one of the greatest baseball catchers of all time. In his nineteen years of playing for the New York Yankees, he helped them go to fourteen World Series. He also played a major role in the success of his team through his ability to lead pitchers, hit the ball in clutch situations and as an all around athlete. Due to his leadership skills, he managed the New York Yankees and New York Mets and was selected to the baseball Hall of Fame in 1972.
It was 1987 and we were riding our horses along highway 28, when we first saw the marker: “Wedgwood….several tons of clay taken on 1767 from a nearby pit by Thomas Griffiths…..” Intrigued, we talked about someday visiting the white clay mine. We didn’t know finding the mine would not be easy.
We were in Chapel Hill for the ‘cousin’s dinner,’ a family event taking place every year at a local restaurant near Marcia’s family farm. Her uncle, Larry Cheek, a former sports writer for the “Greensboro Record” and “The Roanoke times” and columnist for 27 years with the “Fayetteville Times” was chatting with Gordon and reflecting on the Charlie Justice era of football at the University of North Carolina. All-American tailback Justice, Larry and Gordon agreed, put University of North Carolina athletics on the map and gave it a national reputation.