This Month in New Bern, February 2020
What Happened in New Bern in February By Claudia Houston, New Bern Historical Society
In February of 1902 an elderly black man died and his obituary was posted in the local newspaper. He was born a slave and was greatly respected by blacks and whites. Who was this man?
On February 2, 1902, The Daily Journal, New Bern, page 4 announced:
Thomas C. Battle an old and respected colored citizen died here yesterday and his funeral will be held at St. Peter’s AME Zion Church, tomorrow at 9pm. Battle was one of the founders of St. Peter’s church after the war, and before the war was a member of Centenary Church of this city when whites and blacks both attended, he joining Centenary ...