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From The Franklin Times - Tar River Roots

Thomas Blacknall: Former Slave Left a Legacy

Township In April of 1820, James Houze, the owner of a substantial farm on Lynch Creek in Franklin County, traveled to Louisburg on an unusual mission: to free his slave Thomas.

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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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