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Library to screen local documentary “CF Pope, Where Champions Were Grown”

BURGAW- On Jan. 26, Pender County Library will partner with Stack Stories LLC to host a screening of the film “C.F. Pope: Where Champions Were Grown”. The screening will take place at the Main Library at 103 S. Cowan Street in Burgaw at 6 p.m. Community members of all ages are encouraged to view the film and meet the film’s co-directors Richard T. Newkirk, Ed.D. and Claudia Stack, M.Ed

“C.F. Pope: Where Champions Were Grown” (2022) is a story about the C.F. Pope School in Burgaw. C.F. Pope School was founded in 1891 by the Middle District Missionary Baptist Association and began as a school for ministers. The school, which was accredited in 1924, became one of only two high schools for African Americans in Pender County. In this moving film, alumni share stories about their time at the school, how their families sacrificed to support their education, and the teachers who grew champions there.

This film was made possible in part by a grant from North Carolina Humanities in collaboration with Pender Education Partnership. Local documentarian Michael Raab was the producer and Patrick Oglevie was the editor.

For more information, contact Christine LaLonde at 910-663-3775 or email

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