In 2005, the North Carolina General Assembly passed legislation making the Fraser Fir the official Christmas tree of North Carolina.
Author: Sara Riggins
In 2001, the North Carolina General Assembly passed a bill declaring the blueberry as North Carolina’s official blue berry.
North Carolina General Assembly passed legislation in 1987 that made milk the official state beverage.
In 1941, the North Carolina General Assembly passed legislation making dogwood the official state flower.
Annie Alexander has a unique place in history: the first female licensed to practice medicine in the South. Annie was strongly influenced by her father, a physician himself, who determined that she should become a doctor after one of his female patients died after refusing medical attention out of fear of being examined by a man. When Dr. Alexander told his wife of his desire to have Annie become a doctor, Mrs. Alexander fretted over bearing the cost of medical training, only to have Annie marry and forgo a career as a physician. Dr. Alexander’s response was blunt: "She must never marry. She’ll serve humanity".
On January 5, 1887, James Archibald Campbell founded Buies Creek Academy, which would later become Campbell University, in a one-room school with twenty-one students.