The National Museum of African American History and Culture has been in development for a long time, but for architect Phil Freelon it came just in time. He is an architect who prefers to design “projects that contribute to society in some way.” Freelon at 63 was the principal architect for the museum …February 25, 2017
Wilkins officially entered politics when he won a seat on Roper’s town council in 1967, thus becoming the first African-American elected official in the region since the days of Reconstruction. Wilkins won the area’s mayoral election, thus becoming the first African-American mayor of Roper.February 15, 2017
Frederick Lee Yates is a retiree of the United States Marine Corps. He is currently serving his fourth term as the first Afro-American Mayor, for the Town of Winfall, North Carolina.
Under the leadership of Mayor Yates, a new Town Hall Building was completed in January, 2003; seventeen homes have been renovated under a block Grant from the Department of Commerce; a new fire department has been built, and new trucks purchased; Winfall Landing Park was built on the Perquimans River; and the installation of a $6.4 million sewer system throughout the entire town of Winfall.
Mr. Yates is very civic minded, and serves on many boards around Eastern North Carolina which includes: Trustee Board Member Elizabeth City State University; Trustee Board Member Roanoke Missionary Baptist Association; and Deacons’ Ministry of Melton Grove Missionary Baptist Church, where he is a member. He is also member of Meridian Lodge #18; President of North Carolina Eastern Civic Group, which consists of 23 eastern counties; President of Perquimans County NAACP; and an Advisor on the Policy Committee for Albemarle Head start and Hertford Rotary; member of the board of directors of EIC.
Mr. Yates is very active in church, community and civic organizations. He is a unique “people-person “who is consistently concerned about the welfare and the betterment of others.
Mayor Frederick Lee Yates is married to Arlene, and together, they are proud parents of six.