Joseph Charles Price an Unsung Hero

Thanks to Dr. Lenwood Davis for this article.

Tradition of Excellence

By Dr. Lenwood Davis

During Black History Month a number of African American heroes are discussed such as Crispus Attucks, Benjamin Banneker, Mary McLeod Bethune, George Washington Carver, Frederick Douglass, W.E.B. DuBois, Marcus Garvey, Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks,  A. Phillip Randolph, Paul Robeson, Sojourner Truth, Nat Turner, Malcolm X and too many others to name.

Among the number of Unsung African American heroes who are usually forgotten is Joseph Charles Price.  He was a major African American leader between 1880 – 1893.

Joseph Charles Price was born in Elizabeth City, N.C. on Feb. 10, 1854.  Emily Paulin, his mother, was born a free African American woman and his father, Charles Dozier, was a slave. During Slavery the child always followed the status of the mother.  Since Price’s mother was a free woman, he also was a free child.  Price and his mother moved to New Bern, N.C., to…

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