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Pender County Library presents Black History Month Local History Program: Unsung Heroes History Program:

BURGAW – On Feb. 18 at 5 p.m. at the Main Library in Burgaw, Pender County Library will host a local history program about the legacy of Rev. Richard Keaton and the Black Missionary Movement in the Middle Cape Fear Region. This program, entitled Unsung Heroes and presented by local historian Earnestine Keaton, will be offered both in-person at the Main Library in Burgaw and online via Zoom. During this hour-long program, Ms. Keaton will explore the economic and cultural development of several rural majority Black faith-based communities in Columbus and Pender counties in Southeastern NC.

Ms. Keaton began to research her family history in 1998. In doing so, she discovered the rich and interesting history of the Cape Fear Region. Her primary focus is the cultural traditions and economic development of the communities that grew out of the area’s plantations, particularly the Lloyd Plantation.

Register online at, or go to the library’s website,, and follow the links under “Events.” You can also call the library and staff will take your registration by phone. The event will be hosted both in person at the Main Library in Burgaw as well as on Zoom. Registration is required to attend both in-person and online; seating is limited for in-person attendance. If attending online there is no need to have a Zoom account; just click the link provided in the confirmation email and follow the prompts to download Zoom. The talk can be viewed on a smartphone, tablet, or computer.


For more information or assistance, call Pender County Library at 910-259-1234 during regular business hours.U

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