In this interview, author and Wilmington notable Wilbur Jones discusses his childhood and adolescence in Wilmington, his experiences in the U.S. Navy, and his long political career, which includes doing advance work for the White House under the Nixon and Ford Administrations.
Harper Peterson grew up in New York State and attended college at the University of North Carolina, where he excelled in sports. After teaching school in Thailand for two years, he returned to the United States where he settled in Wrightsville Beach, married, and began raising a family. Peterson has served on the City Council and as Mayor of Wilmington. He is active in the 1898 Council and Commemoration, as well as being a champion for the education of African American members of the community.
Interview with retired pharmacist and former State Senator Franklin E. Williams and his wife, Marilyn. In this interview they discuss their personal histories, their involvement in local and state politics, their volunteerism, and owning and operating one of the first pharmacies to use electronic data storage.
Interview with George Rountree III, attorney, philanthropist, and senior partner in the law firm of Rountree, Losee & Baldwin LLP. Here, he discusses his family's prominent local history as well as his own personal narrative, which includes his political career and his work in the legal profession.
Interview with Wallace C. Murchison of Wilmington, North Carolina. Murchison began practicing law in the 1940s and married during the same time. Murchison assisted the Diocese of Eastern Carolina, where he served as Director of the Finance Department. Politically, he was involved with Senator Alton Lennon's campaign each election to register voters who would vote for Senator Lennon. He also worked with other government officials, including Governor Sanford.
Mr. John J. Burney, Jr., discusses UNCW and Wilmington College from its founding to the present day. As a a graduate of New Hanover High School, Mr. Burney knew many of the first students and teachers of Wilmington College, since many of them came from the high school. He talks about them and about some of the first members of the Wilmington College Board of Trustees, including Addison Hewlett. He discusses the roles of John T. Hoggard, T.T. Hamilton, and William H. Wagoner in the development of the college and university.
When Mr. Burney served as state Senator, he worked closely with Dr. Wagoner, Dr. William Friday and Mayor B.D. Schwartz to acquire support and funding for the new campus from the legislature and to get Wilmington College into the state-wide university system, which was achieved in 1969. After serving in the Senate, Mr. Burney practiced law for many years and remained active in the life of the university. He served on the Board of Trustees and as Chairman of the Board of Trustees, and also on the Chancellor Search Committee in 1990. Later he was a member of the first Board of Visitors, which was established by Chancellor James L. Leutze.