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From The Franklin Times - Tar River Roots

Sterling Cotton Mills Had a Big Impact on Franklinton

Samuel Cannady Vann Samuel Cannady Vann, a merchant in Franklinton, made a business decision in the mid- 1890s that had a lasting impact on the local economy. He purchased 10.9 acres of land adjoining the Raleigh and Gaston Railroad and, in 1895, incorporated the Sterling Cotton Mills.

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Kittrell College Had Strong Duke Connection

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Founded in 1886 by the African Methodist Episcopal Church as Kittrell Industrial Normal School, Kittrell College had an interesting connection with the Duke family of Durham...
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