I’ve been doing some research about Raleigh, NC in relation to a project I’ve launched. There are a number of interesting things I’ve found out.
- There was a very destructive hurricane, Hurricane Hazel, in Raleigh in 1954.
- Research Triangle Park was established in 1959. That brought a significant population increase.
- There have been several destructive tornadoes, even some as recently as a few years ago.
- After the Voting Rights Act of 1964 voter registration among blacks in Raleigh soared, and the City elected North Carolina’s first black mayor, Clarence Lightner, in 1973.
- Only 16% of the city’s voters were black, so Lightner was elected by both black and white voters.
- Lightner had earlier (1967) been elected to City Council. The city had a politically-active and well-educated black middle class.
My astute readers may well ask, “What is this project that sparks an interest in Raleigh, NC?” All I can offer is, wait and see…