Local History In Wilmington, NC

Commemorate Wilmington! And the Walk of Popularity

Visitors to this small plaza on Nutt Street will discover a stylish arbor with flowering vines and tubs of seasonal plants at the entryway. Bronze benches supply a comfy place to rest and view the eight-pointed stars that line the walkway, bearing the names of Stroll of Popularity honorees.

To be chosen for this honor, candidates must please specific requirements. Conscripts are those individuals who have actually lived, worked and/or enhanced the Wilmington/Cape Fear area and have obtained nationwide or international acknowledgment in among the following fields – the arts, business, education, literature, broadcasting/television/film, journalism, sports, science, medication, the military, politics or federal government.

Present Walk of Fame honorees (in order and with a year of induction) are:

1997 – Roman Gabriel A Wilmington, NC local native, Roman Gabriel played All-State football, baseball, and basketball while at New Hanover High School and starred as a football quarterback at North Carolina State. He went on to a career in expert football as an NFL quarterback, playing for the Los Angeles Rams and the Philadelphia Eagles.

1997 – Minnie Evans A local of the Cape Worry region, Minnie Evans was a visionary artist who, without prior training, began to paint prolifically in midlife. Using whatever products she might find, she painted vibrant and vibrant pictures illustrating the dreams and vision she experienced all her life. The Cameron Art Museum owns a collection of her work; call the museum at (910 )395-5999 to see when they are on display screen.

1998 – Hugh Morton The legacy that Hugh Morton leaves is as a preservationist, naturalist, and photographer. He contributed much time and effort into preserving North Carolina history through his work on the Save The Battleship and Cape Hatteras Lighthouse jobs. Morton is likewise a worldwide acknowledged photographer whose work appeared in several well-known publications, consisting of Time and National Geographic.

1998 – Henry Bacon Though born in Illinois, Henry Bacon spent the majority of his life in Wilmington, developing the Confederate Memorial at Third and Market Streets and the estates of local households. He is mostly kept in mind for his design of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., for which he won worldwide recognition and the highest honors of the American Institute of Architects. Bacon is buried in the Oakdale Cemetery, 520 N. 15th Street, Wilmington.