This tour is Jones' passion. When she first came to the plantation as an entry-level historic interpreter in , Jones says the information on the slaves at Belle Meade, known for extravagant Southern weddings and an on-site winery, was pretty weak. So, she left her job as a tour guide to get a master's degree in education and learn about how to tell deeper perspectives on slavery.
When she returned, the plantation named her its first-ever director of African American studies. Her mission is to research and gather artifacts about the African Americans who lived on the plantation, from the Atlantic Slave Trade through the Civil War into the mids. She acknowledges, when visitors see that a black woman is giving them their slave tour, she gets a few strange looks. Even her family was uncomfortable with the idea at first. With these Journey to Jubilee tours, Belle Meade Plantation is working to correct a problem found at many plantation museums in the South, says Dr. Many offer no more than basic, high school-level information about slavery.
They often don't know the names of the enslaved people who lived there or the jobs they had. But at Belle Meade Plantation, Jones has spent months researching archives across the South to uncover history that Belle Meade had never before seen. They now offer daily tours focusing on slavery.
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During her research, she has traced her ancestors to a plantation close to her hometown in West Tennessee. That's part of the reason why her slave tours are so emotional. She describes in detail where slaves slept, what their jobs were, if they escaped, if they stayed, and if they were truly happy in their situations.
She makes the group put themselves in a slave's position. She asks simple questions during the tour, that hold a deep answer. This experience can be emotionally difficult, both for white visitors and the occasional black visitor.
But Jones sees a difference in how they respond to the stories. In brothers James and Harrison Gillespie, aged 11 eleven and 13 thirteen , were lynched by a white mob for allegedly killing a young white woman working in a field. That evening, a white mob stormed the county jail in Salisbury, freeing all the white prisoners, interrogating the black ones, and taking out Jack Dillingham, Nease Gillespie, and his son John.
The mob hanged the three men from a tree in a field, mutilated and tortured them, and shot them numerous times. According to the U. The county's eastern border is formed by the Yadkin River. The South Yadkin forms the county's northern border, with Davie County. The southern border is an east-west line that bisects the city of Kannapolis.
Interstate 85 passes through the county from southwest to northeast. In the early s, I underwent an extensive widening  in the central and northern part of the county, from exit 68, US 29 Connector north almost to the Davidson county line. A new bridge over the Yadkin River is planned. Route 70 enters the northwestern part of Rowan county, west of Cleveland. Route 52 is the main artery for the southeastern part of the county, serving the towns of Gold Hill, Rockwell and Granite Quarry.
Just before reaching downtown Salisbury, US joins Interstate 85, which it follows into Davidson county.
As of the census  of , there were , people, 53, households , and 37, families residing in the county. The population density was There were 60, housing units at an average density of The racial makeup of the county was Of the 53, households, The average household size was 2. In the county, the population was spread out with The median age was For every females there were For every females age 18 and over, there were About 8.
The primary governing body of Rowan County follows a council—manager government format with a five-member Board of Commissioners and the County Manager. The current County Manager is Aaron Church. Commissioners are elected to four year terms with three being elected during midterm elections and two being elected during presidential elections. Rowan County is a member of the regional Centralina Council of Governments.
Brock in the 34th district and Tom McInnis in the 25th. Both Senators and House Representatives are elected to two year terms. Auten who took over the position after the retirement of George Wilhelm in Auten won election to a full term in For a complete list of sheriffs, see Rowan County Sheriff's Office . In the American Civil Liberties Union filed suit on behalf of three Rowan county residents against the county commission's practice of starting their meeting with sectarian prayers by the commissioners instructing attendees to stand and join in. A federal district court issued an injunction forbidding the county commissioners from praying at their meetings.
The 35 schools in the district serve 20, students as of Students living in the portion of Kannapolis located in Rowan County the city is mostly in Cabarrus County attend Kannapolis City Schools, which operates independently of the countywide school systems.
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The Salisbury Post , founded in , is the local daily newspaper. By the requirements of the North Carolina Constitution of , the county was divided into townships. Previous to that time, the subdivisions were Captain's Districts. While the Captain's Districts referred primarily to the militia, it served also for the election precinct, the tax listing and tax collecting district.
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