The History of Franklinton Center at Bricks, continues as living stories.  Our past guides us on the journey of life.  We receive and acknowledge the importance of that legacy upon which and without whom we would be unnamed.

We are often asked about our place in history… our answer is often complicated and intersectional.  We exist at the point of intersection of many stories and are called to speak from the margins of their telling, even as we seek to move into a future filled with liberation.  We use the complexities of our many stories as a starting point… a reminder (often) that movement folk of today are building on a rich legacy, that we and they are not alone.  What follows is an ever evolving living document .  It has many beginnings, it grows and expands regularly (and all of it’s pieces cannot be contained or explained here)…

Tribal History – – Tuscarora Nation of North Carolina

1788-1792 – – Afro-Christian Convention

Read on the Treatise Against Negro Slavery

  • Essay on Negro Slavery by James O’Kelly

1871-1953 – – Franklinton Christian College (Franklinton Center), Franklinton, NC

  • Collection is archived at Elon University, Elon, NC

1895-1933 – – Joseph Keasbey Brick Agricultural, Industrial, and Normal School which went on to become Brick Junior College (Brick School)

Brick Family (Benefactors)

-Joseph Keasbey Brick (1812-1867)

-Julia Elma Brewster Brick (1819-1902)

–Children: Joseph (1850-1851), Brewster (1853-1856), Gordon (1854-1855)

Inborden Family (Educators)

-Rev. Thomas Sewell Inborden (1865–1951) – Principal

-Sarah Jane Evans Inborden (1866–1928) – Wife, Teacher

–Children: Julia E. Inborden Gordon (B 1893), Dorothy V. Inborden Miller (B 1897), Wilson P. Inborden (1899-1972)


-Dr. Willa Cofield

-C. Rudolph Knight and  Dr. Lawrence Auld

  • African American Heritage Guide: Tarboro, Rocky Mount, Edgecombe County, published in November 2013.
  • The Education of a Generation: The Rosenwald Schools and Other African American Schools in Edgecombe County, A Preliminary History, by C. Rudolph
    Knight and Lawrence W. S. Auld, Ph.D. Tarboro: Perry-Weston Institute, 2012.
  • Bricks School by Rudolph Knight. The Daily Southerner, October 19, 2011


1934  to ? – – Brick Rural Life School: Director Neill A. McLean

  • Collection is archived at Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
  • Men of the Soil the Story of Brick Rural Life School
  • The Pew and the Picket Line: Christianity and the American Working Class edited by Christopher D. Cantwell, Heath W. Carter, Janine Giordano Drake
  • Education for Liberation: The American Missionary Association and African by Joe M. Richardson, Maxine D. Jones

1933-1946 – – Brick Tri-County Public School: Brick High School

1953-Present – – Franklinton Center at Bricks, Inc.


Kornegay Room “Local History”
Braswell Memorial Library
727 N. Grace Street, Rocky Mount, North Carolina 27804
(252) 442-1951 Email: lhrequest@braswell-library.org

Belk Library Archives and Special Collections “Afro-Christian Convention History”
Elon University
2550 Campus Box, Elon, North Carolina 27244
(336) 278-6599 Email: belkarchives@elon.edu

Amistad Research Center “American Missionary Association History”
Tulane University
Tilton Hall, 6823 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70118
(504) 862-3222 Email: reference@amistadresearchcenter.org