near Fremont in Wayne County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Charles B. Aycock
Crusader for public
stands 2/3 mi. east.
Erected 1957 by Archives and Highway Departments. (Marker Number F-1.)
Location. 35° 31.3′ N, 77° 59.086′ W. Marker is in near Fremont, North Carolina, in Wayne County. Marker is at the intersection of U.S. 117 and Governor Aycock Road, on the right when traveling north on U.S. 117. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fremont NC 27830, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Nuclear Mishap (approx. 6.3 miles away); Cherry Hospital (approx. 9.1 miles away); Kenneth C. Royall (approx. 9.4 miles away); Foster's Raid (approx. 9.4 miles away); Sherman's March (approx. 9.4 miles away); North Carolina Railroad (approx. 9.4 miles away); a different marker also named Charles B. Aycock (approx. 9½ miles away); Wm. T. Dortch (approx. 9½ miles away).
Regarding Charles B. Aycock. No North Carolina governor, with the exception of Zebulon B. Vance, has been as venerated and memorialized as Charles Brantley Aycock, with whose term in 1901 the Democratic Party
Charles B. Aycock was licensed to practice law in 1881 and soon set up an office in Goldsboro with Frank A. Daniels. Aycock, who had edited a small weekly, the Ledger, in Chapel Hill, in 1885 co-founded the Daily Argus in Goldsboro but it was politics which consumed his energies. In 1890 he sought but failed to gain the Democratic nomination to the United States House from the Third District. Aycock distrusted the Republican Party; and, reacting to what he
As he sought to build a political reputation, Aycock worked tirelessly in behalf of the public schools. His experience with the local school board in Wayne County convinced him that education was the key to wise and purposeful social change. From 1893 to 1897 he was U.S. attorney for the eastern district of the state. His stock as a stump speaker rose in this period and in 1898 he pressed his views on race and education in a statewide series of debates with Populist Cyrus Thompson. In 1899 Aycock worked closely with legislators to disfranchise black voters by means of literacy tests, poll taxes, and the “grandfather clause.” A groundswell of support led to his nomination for governor by the Democrats in 1900. He was elected over Republican Spencer B. Adams by 60,000 votes, the largest margin for any candidate in state history to that date.
As governor, Aycock, touting the "Dawn of a New Day,” continued to press for educational progress. His views on white supremacy notwithstanding, he opposed attempts within the legislature to fund white schools from the white tax base
After his term as governor, Aycock returned to the practice of law, first in Goldsboro and after 1909 in Raleigh with Robert W. Winston. He received honorary degrees from the University of Maine in 1905 and UNC in 1907. In 1911 he declared his candidacy for the United States Senate. Those plans were cut short on April 4, 1912, by his death on a speaker’s platform in Birmingham, Alabama, where he was addressing an educational organization. Aycock, a Baptist, is buried in Oakwood Cemetery in Raleigh. (North Carolina Office of Archives & History — Department of Cultural Resources)
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