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NORTH CAROLINA FIRSTS

  • The first state art museum in the country is located in Raleigh.

  • The University of North Carolina was the first public university in the United States to open its doors.

  • Babe Ruth hit his first professional home run in Fayetteville on March 7, 1914.

  • The first English colony in America was located on Roanoke Island.

  • The first outdoor drama in America, The Lost Colony, is staged every year in Manteo, North Carolina.

  • The first x-ray photograph was made on January 12, 1896 , by Dr. Henry Louis Smith of Greensboro.

  • Cabarrus County, North Carolina was the site of America's first gold rush.

  • North Carolina established the first state-supported symphony orchestra in the nation in 1946.

  • The nation's first black textile mill was owned and operated by Warren C. Coleman of Concord, North Carolina.

  • Harriet Abigail Morrison Irwin of Mecklenburg County was the first American woman to receive a patent for architectural innovation.

  • In 1969, North Carolina chartered the first totally natural habitat zoo in the United States.

  • In 1942, Thomas Oxendine of Pembroke became the first Native American to graduate from the United States Naval Flight School.

  • In 1992, Eva Clayton became the first woman in North Carolina history elected to Congress.

  • The first Pepsi was created and served in New Bern, North Carolina in 1898.

Source: www.cumberland.lib.nc.us/PDF/NCFirsts.pdf
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