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Posted on: December 23, 2019

Statesville Library, Famous and Infamous Women of North Carolina

Famous Infamous

February 27th, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. 

Celebrate the colorful history of women in North Carolina with award-winning author, storyteller, and Road Scholar Randell Jones.  

"Famous and Infamous Women of North Carolina” is an entertaining and lighthearted look at some noteworthy history—the roles and accomplishments of just a few remarkable women, among so many, in whom we can all take pride as being part of the fabric which makes North Carolina so special. These stories are especially welcomed as we celebrate in 2020 the centennial anniversary of Women’s Suffrage advanced with the ratification of the 19th Amendment. 

We have a woman disguised as a Civil War soldier, a couple of famous pirates, a daredevil aeronaut, an internationally famous sharpshooter, a first lady who “really, really, really” liked being married to the governor, whoever that happened to be, and two remarkable sisters who traveled the world entertaining heads of state but loved calling North Carolina home. All these tales and more are revealed and shared in a most enjoyable evening of illustrated storytelling.

Contact Joel Reese at for more information about this program.

About Randell Jones:

Randell Jones is an award-winning history writer and storyteller, serving since 2007 as an invited member of the Road Scholars Speakers Bureau of the North Carolina Humanities Council. The stories he presents come from “Scoundrels, Rogues, and Heroes of the Old North State,” which was recently recorded as an audio book by the NC Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. During the last 15 years, his occasional history-based guest columns have appeared on the editorial pages of his home paper, the Winston-Salem Journal. All of his books, video links, and the “6-minute Stories” podcast can be found at or

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This project is made possible by funding from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the North Carolina Humanities Council.

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