Hall of Heroes
Some people have a strong connection to
their heritage and demonstrate it by outstanding acts of generosity and/or
outstanding support to preservation projects. The Historical
Preservation Group is proud to recognize these people for their tremendous
contributions to preserve Lenoir County's heritage.
Induction into the Hall of Heroes is the highest honor that HPG can bestow.
Definition of hero: a
person prominent in some event, field, period, or cause by reason of his
special achievement or contributions. Source: The American Heritage
Dictionary of the English Language
and Marsha Brewer
William Brewer, Jr
Elizabeth B. Watson
January 29, 2011
virtue of extraordinary generosity demonstrated by the donating of First
Battle of Kinston Civil War Battlefield Properties, the following have been
Historical Preservation Group Heroes.
June 22, 2012
By virtue of extraordinary generosity demonstrated by their
tremendous contributions to preserve Jones County's heritage with the work
on three volumes of Jones County Cemetery Books. It proved to have
been an enormous project and qualifies them worthy of induction into the
Historical Preservation Group Hall of Heroes. Their outstanding
achievement includes work done over a period of years of giving of their
time and resources to gather cemetery information, GPS and pictures from
numerous cemetery locations. Plus their efforts to compile all the
data and edit the three Jones County Cemetery volumes with no financial gain
Dr. Keats Sparrow
Dr. W. Keats Sparrow.
Dean Emeritus of East Carolina University’s Thomas Harriot College of Arts
and Sciences, passed away on November 11, 2009. His many contributions to
the preservation and writing of our history are numerous.
His many contributions included:
Served as President;
Pitt County Historical Society
North Carolina Literary and Historical Association
North Carolina Huguenot Society.
At the time of his death,
President of the Carolina Charter Corporation
of the second series of the North Carolina
Colonial Records Publication Project
Governor of the Society of Colonial Wars in the
State of N. C..
For many years he served on:
Tryon Palace Commission
Historic Bath Commission
North Carolina State Capitol Foundation Board
He had been a member of the First Flight Centennial Commission
He held membership in:
The Order of First Families of North Carolina
Lenoir County Historical Association
North Carolina Society of the Cincinnati.
Lenoir County Colonial Commission.
Many of his varied works and services earned awards and citations.
The 2001 Christopher Crittenden Memorial Award for Significant
Contributions to the Preservation of North Carolina History.
In 2007 Sparrow was presented with the Roberts Award for his
role in establishing the celebrated North Carolina Literary Review
In 2008, the North Carolina Society of Historians’ History Book Award for
his edition of The First of Patriots and Best of Men: The Public Life of
He was inducted as a
The North Caroliniana Society
Order of St. John
Order of the Long Leaf Pine.
Dr. Keats Sparrow qualifies for Hall of Heroes for his
to preserving our history by sharing his knowledge, participating in
numerous history projects and his extraordinary generosity, demonstrated
without receiving financial gain, of his time, efforts and love for the
preservation of our history.