Richard A. Peña President of Raleigh Chapter North Carolina Society Sons of the American Revolution Ph. (919) 757-1063
NCSSAR Raleigh Chapter:
The Raleigh Chapter is inspired and delighted to present John W. Turner, Executive Director, Veterans Life Center (VLC), with a gift of $10,000 and the North Carolina Society, Sons of the American Revolution’s Good Citizen Award and Certificate. In addition, the Raleigh Chapter’s Color Guard will present the colors and three United States of America flags as gifts. The keynote speaker will be North Carolina State Society, President Jay A. DeLoach, RDML USN, Ret.
Executive Director John W. Turner is receiving the gift and awards for his veteran-community work in helping 21st-Century veterans at risk become self-reliant. “The Veterans Life Center is a residential program designed to help at-risk 21st Century male and female veterans. The mission is to provide each of our residents with the prospect of strengthening their mental fitness and physical health, improving life skills, and providing vocational training and career opportunities.” VLC’s ultimate goal is to help the resident veterans with community reintegration, averting all-too-frequent crises such as homelessness, incarceration, suicide, and premature death.
The Veterans Life Center facility, located in Butner, North Carolina, has 50 sleeping rooms with showers and bathroom facilities in each of the four wings. The facility also includes a full commercial kitchen with a servery and dining room, a large multipurpose room, two-day rooms, a library, a computer lab, a conference room, a physical fitness room, a nurse/first aid room, and two laundry rooms.
I’m A Descendant of Thomas Jefferson & Sally Hemings
Come listen to the moving, emotional and fact-filled story of a black ancestor of an enslaved black mistress to President Thomas Jefferson.
One of the most important people and authors in modern history, Gayle Jessup White, will be speaking on November 11, 2021, at the Mecklenburg Chapter Sons of the American Revolution in Charlotte during a dinner event at the Hilton Charlotte Executive Park Hotel, 5624 Westpark Drive off I-77.
“An integral part of our Society’s charter is to present unique and interesting community programs on all aspects about the people, places and events of the Revolutionary Way,” said Tom Phlegar, Mecklenburg SAR chapter program chairman. “When Ms. White accepted our speaking invitation, we were thrilled at the opportunity to bring such an influential and important American Patriot to Charlotte.”
Currently Gayle is the public relations and community engagement officer of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation that owns and operates Monticello in Charlottesville, VA. She is a former award-winning TV reporter and anchor, a journalist with The New York Times and a show host and producer at her undergraduate alma matter, Howard University. She holds the profound honor to be the first African American employed at the Thomas Jefferson Foundation.
“Ms. White is a descendant from our third President of the United States, Thomas Jefferson, and one of his enslaved mistresses, Sally Hemings,” added Phlegar. “It is a distinct honor to welcome her and to hear her story about her search for her family’s legacy from Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings.”
Gayle had long heard the stories passed down from her father’s family, that they were direct descendants of Thomas Jefferson—lore she firmly believed, though others did not. For four decades the acclaimed journalist and genealogy enthusiast researched her connection to Thomas Jefferson, to confirm its truth once and for all.
She is the author of the upcoming book, Reclamation: Sally Hemings, Thomas Jefferson and a Descendant’s Search for Her Family’s Lasting Legacy, to be released by HarperCollins on November 16, 2021. In Reclamation, she chronicles her remarkable journey to definitively understand her heritage and reclaim it and offers a compelling portrait of what it means to be a black woman in America, to pursue the American dream, to reconcile the legacy of racism, and to ensure the nation lives up to the ideals advocated by her legendary ancestor.
The story of Sally Hemings and her relationship with Thomas Jefferson, the 3rd President of the United States, is both sad and inspirational because of what Sally was able to do for her unborn children.
(Military Leaders & 1st North Carolina Governor) with Patriot Grave Marking Brig Gen William Caswell and Compatriot Marking for Richard “Robin” Wooten
Kinston, NC ──────────
The Gen. George Washington Chapter of the North Carolina Sons of the American Revolution Invites you to attend a Commemoration and Grave Marker Dedication for Patriot Brig Gen. William Caswell and a marking for Richard “Robin” Wooten, a descendant of Richard Caswell
Saturday, November 13, 2021, 11:00 AM At the Governor Caswell Memorial 2612 West Vernon Avenue Kinston, NC 28504 ──────────
Please RSVP Below
Directions to Governor Caswell Memorial
From Raleigh come in on US 70 Bypass for 13.9 mi., continue to I-42 for .7 mi., merge onto US 70 E for 11.5 mi., stay left onto W Vernon Ave for .7 mi., turn Turn right onto Richard Caswell Grave Rd From Fayetteville come in on I 95 for 38.5 mi., Take exit 95, Turn right onto US-70 BUS E for 2.8 mi., Take the ramp to Princeton/Goldsboro and Merge onto US-70 E for 12.2 mi., Continue onto US-70 BYP E for 19.1 mi., continue to I-42 for .7 mi., merge onto US 70 E for 11.5 mi., stay left onto W Vernon Ave for .7 mi., turn Turn right onto Richard Caswell Grave Rd
From Wilmington come in on I 40 for 38.8 mi., Take exit 385 and Turn right onto NC-41 N for 11 mi., slight left onto NC-111 N/NC-41 N for 6.8 mi., Continue onto NC-241 N for 9.1 mi., Turn right onto NC-11 N/N Kinston Blvd for .8 mi., Turn left onto Old Pink Hill Rd for .5 mi., Turn right at the 1st cross street onto H C Turner Rd for .5 mi., Turn left onto NC-11 N for 14.8 mi., Turn left onto US-258 N/US-70 W/W New Bern Rd for 1.7 mi., Turn right onto W Vernon Ave for .5 mi., Turn right onto Richard Caswell Grave Rd
From New Bern come in on US 70 W for 35.2 mi., Turn right onto W Vernon Ave for .5 mi., Turn right onto Richard Caswell Grave Rd
From Roanoke Rapids come in on I 95 S for 52.5 mi., Take exit 119A-119B to merge onto I-795 S/US-264 E toward Wilson for 5.4 mi., Take exit 43C toward Goldsboro/Kenly for 17.7 mi., Take exit 22 for NC-44 E toward US 117/Wayne Memorial Dr for 1 mi., Merge onto US-70 BYP for 13.9 mi., continue to I-42 for .7 mi., merge onto US 70 E for 11.5 mi., stay left onto W Vernon Ave for .7 mi., Turn right onto Richard Caswell Grave Rd
It has been 236 years since William Caswell passed away and it is about time to have his grave marked. We have obtained a headstone from the VA for William Caswell and will be placing an SAR marker at the foot of his grave. The Moseley-Bright Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) will be participation in the Commemoration and Grave Marking along with the Children of the American Revolution.
Please join us in commemoration of these two American Heroes, Richard and William Caswell. The State of NC will be having some events on that day to help celebrate.
For more information, and to contact Ron Bonham at 252.347.9117 or
The Catawba Valley Chapter will hold it’s Officer Induction meeting, Saturday, November 13 at Palermo’s Family Italian and Greek Restaurant 924 Conover Blyd W, Conover, NC 28613. Arrive to order lunch by 11:30. Meeting starts at 12 noon sharp.
A Compatriot Grave Marking service will be held on Nov 20, 2021 at the cemetery of Christ Episcopal Church 3430 Old Hwy 70 Cleveland, NC 27013 at 2 PM for Past NC State President and Past Salisbury Chapter President Grady Hall.