Where in Carolina Country is This?
The September “Where Is This” photo by Jones-Onslow EMC member Faye Johnson features the Freedmen’s Schoolhouse located on N. 4th Street in downtown Smithfield. This historic two-room school in Johnston County, built by the Freedmen’s Bureau in 1868 for freed slaves, served the local African American community until 1912. It is believed to be the only remaining freedmen’s schoolhouse in North Carolina. As with the few remaining Rosenwald Schools in the state, restoration plans are in process for the schoolhouse, with completion tentatively set for spring 2023. The winning entry chosen at random from all correct submissions came from Stephen McDaniel of Boone, a Blue Ridge Energy member.