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This Month in New Bern History – April 2021

The Elusive Veiled Ladyby Claudia Houston, Historian, New Bern Historical Society On April 14, 1865 President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth. A massive investigation to determine whether Booth acted alone resulted in the conviction of eight co-conspirators. Four were hung, including boarding house owner Mary Surratt. You may remember these details from …

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Hiding in Plain Sight

by Claudia Houston, Historian, New Bern Historical Society Old City Hall building circa 1983 You’ve walked past it countless times — you know, the big red brick building on the 200 block of Craven Street with “City Hall” emblazoned near the roof.  Built in about 1817, the Stephens Brick Block building is considered the earliest …

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