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Franklin County, North Carolina: State-Led Destruction of Town Archives Leaves Historians and Citizens Devastated

Posted by admin on Jan 9, 2014

Franklin County citizens expressed their frustration and anger during a town hall meeting on Monday over the decision to incinerate newly-discovered town records dating back from the 1840′s.

When the documents were discovered in a long-sealed room under the Franklin County Courthouse by a “Clerk of Court” in North Carolina in May, the residents were delighted. Diane Taylor Torrent of the Heritage Society of Franklin County, NC detailed the timeline of events on her must-read Facebook post. She said that “a quick investigation of the records revealed boxes from most every department of the Franklin County government.”

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