Wikipedia:Meetup/UNC Edit-a-thon 2014

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The North Carolina Collection of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill hosted its second African American history in North Carolina Edit-a-thon, co-sponsored by the Student Chapter of the Society of American Archivists at UNC's School of Information and Library Science.

UNC-CH Wilson Library

At the edit-a-thon, which was open to the public, we created and improved Wikipedia articles about African Americans and African American history in North Carolina. All were invited, with no specialized knowledge of the subject needed. We had library resources on hand and a list of suggested topics.

In addition to editing, we gave a tour of our host location, UNC's Wilson Library, one of the University's most picturesque buildings. We also offered refreshments.

Our previous edit-a-thon, in April of 2013, was also a success. (Check out the photos!) But it left us with many topics that still needed work.


WHEN: Sunday, March 30, from 1:00 to 4:30 p.m. Come when you can, stay as long as you would like.

WHERE: Wilson Library, room 504, on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus.

WHO: Anyone!

  • Experienced or new Wikipedians (We will provide assistance with Wikipedia formatting and syntax.).
  • Amateur historians or research pros (We will have a selection of NCC resources and a mini reference desk available for your use. We can also pull additional materials from the Collection as needed.).
  • UNC faculty, staff, and students.


  • A laptop. We'll help you access the University's wireless network.


  • Enter Wilson Library through the main front entrance. Volunteers will be there to greet you.
  • Parking should be available and free in most University parking lots near the library, unless marked as reserved for a special event.
  • The Wilson Library website should have directions and more detailed parking information:

WILL THERE BE FOOD? The most important question! Yes, we will provide food and drink.

WILL I HAVE A SOUVENIR OF MY EXPERIENCE?? Sure. We've got some free posters for you to take home with historic NC images on them.

Participating Remotely[edit]

There are ways to participate remotely! We'll be updating the topic list in real time, with editors signing next to articles they're working on, so anyone with a Wikipedia account can log on and do the same. We'll be available during the event for comments and questions on Twitter @NCCollection. You also can direct message us on Twitter with reference questions. We welcome remote participants, and hope these options will allow you to participate!

Suggested Topics[edit]

The following are topics that North Carolina Collection staff have identified as needing attention, but participants are encouraged to pursue their own interests as well. Hyperlinked topics already have Wikipedia articles, but may need citations or more information.

Some of these topics are mentioned briefly in other articles, so if you create a new article, try to search for that topic in Wikipedia so that you can create links back to your work.


  • The "5" Royales (rhythm & blues band from Winston-Salem, 1950s)
  • Louis E. Austin (editor and publisher of The Carolina Times from 1927 to 1971)
  • Charlotte Hawkins Brown (educator and academic, 1883-1961)
  • Dorothy Lavinia Brown
  • Eva Clayton (U.S. Representative, b. 1934)
  • Elizabeth Cotten (blues and folk musician and songwriter, 1893-1987)
  • Chuck Davis (dancer)
  • Helen Edmonds (first African American woman to become dean of a graduate school, at NC Central)
  • Henry Frye (first African American justice of NC Supreme Court, b. 1932)
  • Clarence Gaines (college men's basketball coach, 1923-2005)
  • Abraham Galloway (abolitionist born into slavery, 1837-1870)
  • Moses Grandy (author of Life of a Slave, 1786-?)
  • J. Eugene Grigsby (artist, 1918- ) (There is currently no Wikipedia entry.)
  • James E. Hamlin (founder of Raleigh's Hamlin Drug Co.-oldest black-owned pharmacy in the country)
  • Rencher Harris (first African American member of Durham City Board of Education and first African American city councilman in Durham)
  • George Moses Horton (poet born into slavery, 1797-1884)
  • Thomas H. Jones (writer and abolitionist born into slavery, 1806-?)
  • John Merrick (founder of NC Mutual Life Insurance Company, born into slavery, 1859-1919)
  • Available images:
  • Aaron McDuffie Moore (first black physician in Durham, founder of NC Mutual Life Insurance Company, 1863-1923)
  • Available images:
  • Available images




  • Available images:
  • North Carolina State Equal Rights League (founded in 1865 to advocate politically for African Americans)
  • WAFR (later WVSP) (first African American public radio station in the U.S.)

Colleges, Universities & Schools

  • Available images: An Era of Progress and Promise, Page 181
  • Billingsley Memorial Academy (Statesville, N.C.)
  • Available image: An Era of Progress and Promise, Page 210
  • Available images: An Era of Progress and Promise, Page 357
  • Immanuel Lutheran College (Greensboro)
  • Available images: An Era of Progress and Promise, Page 262
  • Available image: An Era of Progress and Promise, Page 116
  • Available images: An Era of Progress and Promise, Pages 84-89
  • Waters Normal Institute
  • Available image: An Era of Progress and Promise, Page 24

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  1. Frankcjones (talk) 19:26, 5 March 2014 (UTC)
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  3. Jessiwo (talk) 8:35, 25 March 2014 (UTC)
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Event Outcomes[edit]

Articles improved:

Articles created:

And research was begun to create or improve articles on The Badgett Sisters, Sid Luck, and The 5 Royales.