Rocky Mount in Edgecombe County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
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); Lincoln Park Historic District (approx. 0.8 miles away); Martin Luther King Jr. (approx. 0.8 miles away); Harold Bascom Durham, Jr. (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
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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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 580 times since then. 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.