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Collection Number: 05161

Collection Title: James A. Felton and Annie Vaughan Felton Papers, 1938-2003

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Size 0.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 300 items)
Abstract James A. Felton was an author, teacher, counselor, and civic leader in Hertford County, N.C. In the 1960s, he was a founder of the People's Program on Poverty, an African American organization created to study and fight poverty on the grass-roots level in northeastern North Carolina. Felton was also instrumental in the restoration and establishment of the C. S. Brown Regional Cultural Arts Center and Museum, which opened in Winton, N.C., in 1986. In 1947, Felton married Annie Vaughan. The collection contains correspondence; programs for meetings and events held by educational, religious, and civic organizations; and newspaper clippings describing James A. Felton's civic contributions in Hertford County, N.C. Best documented are activities related to the C. S. Brown Regional Cultural Arts Center and Museum in Winton, N.C., and the People's Program on Poverty. Also included are a short biography of Annie Vaughan Felton and some materials that she collected after her husband's death. Photographs show James A. Felton throughout his adult life with his family, his colleagues, and his students at the Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers Training Center.
Creator Felton, James A. (James Andrew), 1919-1994.



Felton, Annie Vaughan.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the James A. Felton and Annie Vaughan Felton Papers #5161, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Annie Vaughan Felton of Winton, N.C., in May 2004 (Acc. 99798).
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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The following terms from Library of Congress Subject Headings suggest topics, persons, geography, etc. interspersed through the entire collection; the terms do not usually represent discrete and easily identifiable portions of the collection--such as folders or items.

Clicking on a subject heading below will take you into the University Library's online catalog.

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James Andrew Felton was born on 6 July 1919 in Hertford, Perquimans County, N.C. After spending almost three years in the United States Marine Corps, he earned his B.S. from Elizabeth City State Teachers College (now Elizabeth City State University) and his M.A. from North Carolina College at Durham (now North Carolina Central University). He taught in the Greene and Hertford County school systems for 20 years, and, in 1965 he published Fruits of Enduring Faith, a story that dramatizes the human issues behind the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

In the mid-1960s, Felton and Reverend John L. Scott of New Ahoskie Baptist Church formed the People's Program on Poverty, an African American organization created to study and fight poverty on the grass-roots level. Through his work in this program, Felton founded the first Family Training Center in the United States. During this time, he was also actively involved in organizations such as the President's Commission on Rural Poverty, the North Carolina Family Life Council, and a local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

In 1980, Felton established the C. S. Brown School Auditorium Restoration Association to restore Brown Hall, a building that had been part of the campus of Chowan Academy, an African American school founded in 1886 by Calvin Scott Brown. The C. S. Brown Regional Cultural Arts Center and Museum in Winton, N.C., opened in 1986.

James A. Felton married Annie Vaughan on 3 August 1947. They had six children: James Andrew, Jr., Keith, Maria, Sharon, Michele, and Camilla. James A. Felton died in Winton, N.C., on 6 October 1994.

For additional information about James A. Felton, see Who's Who Among Black Americans, 1st edition, 1975-1976.

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The collection consists of materials documenting teacher and community activist James A. Felton's life, focusing on his civic activities and achievements, especially those related to the C. S. Brown Regional Cultural Arts Center and Museum and the People's Program on Poverty. It includes correspondence; programs for meetings and events held by educational, religious, and civic organizations; and newspaper clippings describing Felton's civic contributions in Hertford County, N.C. Also included are a short biography of Annie Vaughan Felton and some materials that she collected after her husband's death. Photographs show James A. Felton throughout his adult life with his family, his colleagues, and his students at the Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers Training Center.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Papers, 1938-2003.

About 200 items.

Arrangement: alphabetical.

Letters, certificates, programs, and newspaper clippings documenting James A. Felton's civic activities. The papers also include a short biography of Annie Vaughan Felton and some materials that she collected after her husband's death.

The videotapes include a tape of C. S. Brown Cultural Arts Center documentation; a tape of James A. Felton's funeral, 1994; and a tape of the highway dedication for James A. Felton, Winton, N.C., 22 May 1998.

Folder 1

Biography #05161, Series: "1. Papers, 1938-2003." Folder 1

Folder 2

Civic activity #05161, Series: "1. Papers, 1938-2003." Folder 2

Folder 3

Correspondence #05161, Series: "1. Papers, 1938-2003." Folder 3

Folder 4

C. S. Brown Regional Cultural Arts Center amd Museum #05161, Series: "1. Papers, 1938-2003." Folder 4

Folder 5

Highway dedication ceremony #05161, Series: "1. Papers, 1938-2003." Folder 5

Folder 6

Marine Corps #05161, Series: "1. Papers, 1938-2003." Folder 6

Folder 7

Membership cards #05161, Series: "1. Papers, 1938-2003." Folder 7

Folder 8

Newspaper clippings #05161, Series: "1. Papers, 1938-2003." Folder 8

Folder 9

People's Program on Poverty #05161, Series: "1. Papers, 1938-2003." Folder 9

Folder 10

Writings and related information #05161, Series: "1. Papers, 1938-2003." Folder 10

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About 80 items.

Photographs of James A. Felton throughout his adult life. They show him with his family, his colleagues, and his students at the Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers Training Center. In addition, several photos show the highway dedication and street naming ceremonies honoring Felton after his death.

Image Folder P-5161/1

C. S. Brown Regional Cultural Arts Center and Museum #05161, Series: "2. Pictures, late 1930s-1998." P-5161/1

Image Folder P-5161/2

Highway dedication and street-naming ceremonies #05161, Series: "2. Pictures, late 1930s-1998." P-5161/2

Image Folder P-5161/3

Life #05161, Series: "2. Pictures, late 1930s-1998." P-5161/3

Image Folder P-5161/4

Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers Training Center #05161, Series: "2. Pictures, late 1930s-1998." P-5161/4

Image Folder P-5161/5

People's Program on Poverty #05161, Series: "2. Pictures, late 1930s-1998." P-5161/5

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Processing Information

Processed by: Elise Allison, March 2005

Encoded by: Elise Allison, March 2005

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