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Archivist plans presentation on Wake Forest history

Posted on January 13, 2022

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WILSON — Charles Edward “Ed” Morris will present “Wake Forest College: I’d Walk a 100 Miles for a Camel,” during the Wilson County Genealogical Society’s Jan. 25 meeting.

Wilson was once the largest bright leaf tobacco market in the world, and R.J. Reynolds was the tobacco tycoon of North America.  Reynolds, the son of a Virginia tobacco farmer, wanted his own business. He sold his part of the family farm and moved to Winston to start a tobacco company.

Reynolds founded the first four denominational colleges in North Carolina during the second “Great Awakening” and played a major role in Wake Forest College’s development and expansion. Morris’ presentation will include the Reynolds family, accomplishments and some history about the town of Wake Forest.

Morris is a Wilson County native, a Rock Ridge High School graduate and a retired state archivist for the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. He served as head of reference services for seven years and was in charge of the Division of State Historic Sites before retiring in 2005.

He received numerous awards during his career, including the Order of the Long Leaf Pine and the Anthemion Award for Lifetime Achievement in Historic Preservation. Since retirement, he has worked for Wake Forest University as executive director of the Wake Forest Historical Museum and Wake Forest College Birthplace in the town of Wake Forest.

Morris and wife Catherine Jackson Morris currently live in Wake Forest.

The public is invited to attend the program at 7 p.m. Jan. 25 in Wilson Community College’s Building E, Room 102. Masks are required, and COVID-19 protocols will be observed.

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