A Visit to the Croatan Indians

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Olds, F. A. “A Visit to the Croatan Indians.” Charlotte Observer 21 June 1908: Sec. 2 pp. 2-3, 8. Rpt. in Robesonian (Lumberton, NC) 25 June 1908: 1; 29 June 1908: 1; 2 July 1908: 1; 6 July 1908: 4.


Olds attended a Croatan Normal School commencement, then visited several Indian homes (including Rhoda Lowry’s). Photographs show Preston Locklear, Rosette Brooks, Wash Lowry, a Croatan Normal School class, Harriet Graham’s cabin, and Wash Lowry’s home. An iron tomahawk and an English-style cross-bow and hand-mill had recently been found in the Croatan settlement. Mentions the Croatan tradition of having taken Mattamuskeets as prisoners of war and kept them as slaves. For background information on Olds, see Dictionary of North Carolina Biography vol. 4 (UNC Press, 1991) pp. 392-3.

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Rosette Brooks - Crossbow – Harriet Graham – Preston Locklear – Rhoda Lowry – Washington Lowry – Mattamuskeet Indians – Pembroke State University - Slavery