December 2 Lecture to Focus On North Carolina Tobacco Culture

W W Yeargin, Jr.

W.W. Yeargin, Jr., an expert on tobacco culture in North Carolina, will deliver the next Tar River Center Lecture at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 2 in Benson Chapel on the Louisburg College campus. His lecture, titled “Leaves of Gold: North Carolina Tobacco Culture,” is free and open to the public, and will include a look at tobacco’s history in the Upper Tar River region.

Yeargin has published three books on the prominent role tobacco has played in the culture, history and economy of the state, including “North Carolina Tobacco, A History” and “Remembering North Carolina Tobacco.” He has extensive knowledge of North Carolina agriculture, serving as agriculture liaison to former Governor Jim Hunt, and as executive director of the North Carolina Sweet Potato Commission. As a member of the North Carolina Humanities Council’s Road Scholar program, Yeargin speaks to community groups across the state. He also lectures on American tobacco culture, the last years of Gen. Robert E. Lee’s life, and Southern culture.

An undergraduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Yeargin holds a master’s degree in liberal arts from Duke University, and four certificates from the University of Oxford.

The 2015-16 Tar River Center for History and Culture Lecture Series, “Agricultural Improvement in North Carolina and the Tar River Valley,” is made possible in part by funding from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Special thanks go also to AgCarolina Farm Credit, Franklin County and the Town of Louisburg.