Our History

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).

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)

  • Julia Elma Brewster Brick (1819-1902) – Benefactress
  • Married: Joseph Keasbey Brick (1812-1867)
  • Children: Joseph (1850-1851), Brewster (1853-1856), Gordon (1854-1855)

Rev. Thomas Sewell Inborden (1865–1951) – Principal of Agricultural, Industrial & Normal School

  • Married: Sarah Jane Evans Inborden (1866–1928) – Wife, Teacher
  • Children: Julia E. Inborden Gordon (1893-1962), Dorothy V. Inborden Miller (B 1897), Wilson P. Inborden (1899-1972)

John C. Wright (Dates Unknown) – President of Brick Junior College

C. Rudolph Knight and  Dr. Lawrence Auld

  • Historical Reflections on African American Tarboro by C. Rudolph Knight Tarboro: Perry-Weston Institute, 2014.
  • 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.

Current Collections

  • 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

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Franklinton Center at Bricks (FCAB) builds upon the lessons of history by creating forward looking programs that are relevant to the global struggle for justice and equality. FCAB has a rich and varied past, with many names and uses. Today it is a conference center where local, regional, national and international justice advocates, leaders and truth seekers continue to learn and do the work needed to transform lives. Your generous contributions support the life of Franklinton Center at Bricks and our community.

Franklinton Center at Bricks, Inc.
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 220, Whitakers, NC 27891
Physical Address: 281 Bricks Lane, Whitakers, NC 27891

A nonprofit, charitable organization under Section 501©(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code.