by Dr. Troy Kickler
Senior Fellow and Managing Director, North Carolina History Curriculum Project
September 5, 1802
John Stanly and Richard Dobbs Spaight dueled in New Bern. After the death of Spaight, the General Assembly outlawed dueling.
September 6, 1958
William R. Valentiner passed away. He was the founding director of the North Carolina Museum of Art.
September 7, 1859
John Merrick was born. He later owned five barbershops and started North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company. It was the largest black-owned business not only in North Carolina but also in the United States.
September 8, 1663
September 9, 1780