Bombing & Explosions in Craven County, North Carolina (Fear & Intimidation)

     I posted an article (below) of a bombing that occurred at a church in Vanceboro, NC.  My ancestors and family have resided in New Bern, NC which is 21 miles away from Vanceboro, but both cities are in the boundaries of Craven County.
Seattle Daily Times
November 1, 1965
     A regular reader of my Blog raised the questions: What relevance does this have to your family research and What family of yours was left in New Bern in 1965?  They also felt I was putting out information that was negative and that it seemed as though I am showing a division between the races by not going in further detail.
     My great grandfather Ambrose Cully migrated to Worcester, MA from North Carolina in the late 1880’s, Leaving siblings, parents and many cousins with other surnames. Some resided in other areas of Craven County and at least by 1930 there were no direct line Cully’s on record based on my knowledge residing in New Bern, NC  except for some Willoughby, Carter, Whittington, Godette, Collins, Foreman relatives.
     Regardless of geographical isolation or non-isolation of Havelock, Harlowe, and Carteret, North Carolina our families were affected by the racism and acts of violence that had occurred throughout the state and states.  (Do I need to prove this in order to say that this has any historical meaning to my family?)  Well, much of my family originated and/or lived in North Carolina and still do and they lived in the times of the race struggles, so I say no I don’t have to prove, and yes it most definitely is relative to my ancestors and those still living in those days.  Apparently it was news worthy to be published in a Seattle Newspaper.   The civil rights movement and the things that occurred during this time were not isolated in just a few areas of the South.  This type of fear and intimidation tactics occurred throughout the U.S. So I say again, yes, racism and discrimination did affect my families.
     As a family historian, I believe that it is not only important to know the local history of our ancestors but also to look at other County, City, State and National News that might have relevance to their lives.  When I do my posts, I may not go into great detail as to how the information relates my family, as sometimes in research I may just take note and use the info in a greater context at a later date.
     The article below is one that occurred in New Bern before the bombing of the church in the above article. So, without doing any other research happening in North Carolina, I believe that the *Negro population as a whole were living in the shadow of intimidation and fear.  These bombings most likely were racially motivated.
Seattle Daily Times
January 25, 1965

Then looking through Ancestry online newspapers I find in the Tucson Daily Citizen reporting the same incident with more detail and other bombings in the South

Tucson Daily Citizen
January 25, 1965
Courtesy of Ancestry.com
    History is History, be it tragic or triumphant. We all know that racism in America was present and it was blatant. I am not one to be in denial, and I know that the *Negro in America had many advocates of the European Race. This was a struggle for all freedoms and for all of us to live equally with equal access to quality education, housing, medical care, and live with the pursuit of happiness.  “We cannot be free until They are free.” The Fire Next Time-James Baldwin

All of this is relative to me as my Uncle was a National CORE Vice President and trained those going to the South as Freedom Riders.  My father served as President of the NAACP, San Diego Branch, and was a Social Activist during the Civil Rights Movement.  When my father served the NAACP, he received calls threatening his life and of his family.  “May we live through the struggle, and may we all be triumphant.” ~ypm

*We were Negroes in the 60’s.

***Update My Cousin Michaud Robinson informed me that the founders of oscar’s mortuary were Oscar and Grace Becton Dove and not Oscar Godette as was stated in the newspaper articles.  Also Michaud informed me that Oscar is a distant cousin of his. (Thank you Michaud for the info!)


     The history of the Mortuary on the website:  Oscars Mortuary Website

Oscar’s Mortuary, Inc. was founded January 16, 1960 by Oscar Roosevelt Dove and wife, Grace Becton Dove. They founded and operated the business to provide quality service in the field of funeral service to the families served. In the early 60’s Oscar’s involvement in the Civil Rights movement resulted in the Mortuary being targeted by the Klu Klux Klan; crosses were burned and the building was bombed.
His death in 1975 and the Grace’s death in 2010 will not stop their work for it lives on in their children and grandchildren who have followed in their footsteps. The staff has been active in Civil Rights, Voting Drives, Mental Health Association, Senior Citizens Programs, Craven County Hospice, Craven County Planning and Zoning Board, Craven County Outreach Organization, YMCA Board, Chamber of Commerce, Cancer Fundraising Drives, MS Bike Tour and Planning Committee, Habitat for Humanity Board, Meals on Wheels, RCS Board, and hold memberships in the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Neuse-Pamlico Sound Women’s Coalition, Inc., the Funeral Directors and Morticians Association of North Carolina, Inc. and North Carolina Funeral Directors Association, NAACP, Knights of Columbus, Jazz Preservation Society of New Bern, George B. Willis Masonic Lodge, and Zeno Temple Elks Lodge.







Military Monday: 1,298th recruit Brigade Review San Diego Naval Training Center

My Father was the Guest of Honor for the 1,298th Recruit Brigade Review at the Naval Training Center of San Diego on Friday, March 11, 1977. He was representing the NAACP, San Diego Branch as the President.

Dr. Walter James Porter
(Far Right)

Dr. Walter Porter Representing NAACP
Program

Program

Walter Porter receiving a gift



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Amanuensis Monday: NAACP Sets KKK Action

My Father was the President of the San Diego Local Chapter of the NAACP in 1976.  I was 8 years old at the time.

[Transcribed from Los Angeles Sentinel, Dec. 16, 1976]

A multi-pronged plan of action to deal with the current crisis at Camp Pendleton involving the Ku Klux Klan and black Marines has been announced by NAACP leadership following a special meeting attended by National Regional NAACP staff and branch members from San Diego.

     The special meeting was called in response to regional request for information regarding the state of affairs related to the incidents, according to Mrs. Virna M. Canson, Regional Director.
     “We have received numerous requests for information and investigation,” Canson said.  “The immense scope of this problem calls for the co-operative efforts of our Region and National offices.”
     The groups set as a first priority an investigation to determine if there is adequate defense of the black Marines.
     “Regional legal representatives will take immediate steps to ascertain the quality of legal representation the black Marines have at this time,” Canson said.
     Wally Porter, president of the San Diego Branch NAACP, called for the 14 black Marines to be removed from confinement.
     “We are hard put to understand how white Klansmen have been disbursed to other bases and have freedom of movement while blacks are being held in confinement,” Porter declared.
     “It is not our purpose to suggest guilt or innocence, we do believe, however, there exist procedures which would be more equitably applied.”
National NAACP’s Acting Director of Branch and Field Administration William Penn, said, “We at the National office will lend any support possible to the efforts of the NAACP in this area.”
     In other action the group called for a Congressional investigation and constituted the local Board as a committee of the whole toward this action.
Porter commended the San Diego Urban League and its director Clarence Pendleton for their efforts in bringing this matter to the forefront.
     “We welcome support from any other organizations who may wish to work with NAACP in its comprehensive attacks,” Porter said.
     Interested persons may contact him at (714) 236-9078.

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