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Rocky Mount in Edgecombe County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Dred Wimberly

 
 
Dred Wimberly Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2011
1. Dred Wimberly Marker
Inscription. Former slave. Voted for better roads, schools, and colleges as State representative, 1879, 1887; and State senator, 1889. His home stands here.
 
Erected 1966 by Archives & Highway Department. (Marker Number E-74.)
 
Location. 35° 56.591′ N, 77° 46.816′ W. Marker is in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, in Edgecombe County. Marker is at the intersection of East Raleigh Boulevard (Business U.S. 64) and Wake Street, on the right when traveling west on East Raleigh Boulevard. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Rocky Mount NC 27801, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Anna Easter Brown (approx. 0.2 miles away); Dr. Junius Daniel Douglas 1874-1973 (approx. 0.4 miles away); Miss Anna Easter Brown (approx. 0.6 miles away); This Bell (approx. 0.7 miles away); Thelonious Monk (approx. 0.8 miles away); Martin Luther King Jr. (approx. 0.8 miles away); Harold Bascom Durham, Jr. (approx. 0.9 miles away); Douglas Franklin Davis (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rocky Mount.
 
Regarding Dred Wimberly. Born into slavery in 1849, Dred Wimberly served in the State House of Representatives in 1879 and 1887 and
Dred Wimberly Marker, looking east along North Raleigh Street, US 64 image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, July 18, 2011
2. Dred Wimberly Marker, looking east along North Raleigh Street, US 64
in the State Senate in 1889. His family lived on the Battle plantation and he named one of his sons Kemp for Kemp Plummer Battle, Rocky Mount native and president of the University of North Carolina. During his Senate term the elder Wimberly voted for the bill to establish the land grant college now known as North Carolina State University. Wimberly’s association with the Battle family lent some credence to a spurious tradition that he supported UNC in a legislative vote to fund the school in 1881. However, he was not in office at that time.

Wimberly’s legislative record does indicate other support for education as well as votes to support the rebuilding of railroads. He was widely respected, among both colleagues and constituents, for his humility, sincerity, and generosity. A Republican, Wimberly served as a delegate to the party’s national convention in 1900 where William McKinley was renominated for president. From 1900 to 1902 he served as a janitor in the U.S. House of Representatives. In 1902 he returned to live in Rocky Mount with his wife and eighteen children. He died in 1937 at age eighty-eight. (North Carolina Office of Archives & History)
 
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Dred Wimberly Marker at vacant lot, today at North Raleigh Street and Wake Street image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, July 18, 2011
3. Dred Wimberly Marker at vacant lot, today at North Raleigh Street and Wake Street
Dred Wimberly Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dynasty Shaurice Gilmore
4. Dred Wimberly Marker
the house he lived in.
Dred Wimberly Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dynasty Shaurice Gilmore
5. Dred Wimberly Marker
side view of the house
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 27, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 25, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 520 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 26, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   4, 5. submitted on September 27, 2016, by Dynasty Shaurice Gilmore of Rocky Mount, North Carolina.
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