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Local History Notes

Notes about the history of Iredell County by Joel Reese, Local History Librarian.

Apr 28

“Fitz” Fredericks and the Mooresville Graded School System

Posted on April 28, 2016 at 2:09 PM by Steve Messick

The registrars at Shaw University in Raleigh probably looked up when Edmund Fitzgerald Fredericks came to enroll in the black university’s School of Law. Fredericks spoke with a proper English accent and was once described by a friend as, “every inch a Britisher.”

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Sep 24

History of the New Library

Posted on September 24, 2015 at 4:16 PM by Steve Messick

The Iredell County Public Library opened to the public in its new building at 201 N. Tradd St. on April 11, 2005. It’s our ten-year anniversary, but we still call it the “new library.” The library didn’t have far to move from our old location at 135 E. Water Street. We are just down the hill from the old building which now houses the Iredell County Tax Administration and Land Records offices. The walk to our old building is pretty short compared to the story of how the new building came to be.

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