Truth Plaque unveiled at the Strayhorn House in Carrboro on September 1.

Photo by Michelle Cassell.


By Michelle Cassell
Managing Editor

CARRBORO – The Strayhorn House at 109 Jones Ferry Road in Carrboro received official recognition of its significance with the unveiling of a Truth Plaque on Friday.

The home was founded in 1879 by one of the first Black families to settle in Carrboro. Toney and Nellie Strayhorn, both former slaves, originally built the home as a one-room log cabin on 30 acres of property.  The Truth Plaque honors the Strayhorn’s faith, resilience, and determination to persevere.

This Truth Plaque is the third one dedicated in Carrboro. The plaques serve to recognize the town’s history while uplifting the truth and acknowledging an unjust past. The first plaque is located at the Carrboro Town Hall. The second is located on the site of the former Freedman School next to St. Paul’s AME Church.

The following is a reprint of a TLR article about the Strayhorn House published on April 5. 2023:

Michelle Cassell is a seasoned reporter who has covered everything from crime to hurricanes and local politics to human interest over the course of 35 years. As managing editor, she hopes to encourage writers of a wide range of backgrounds and interests in TLR’s coverage of Southern Orange County news. 

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