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State of North Carolina

JAMES G. MARTIN
    GOVERNOR

TOBACCO HISTORY WEEK

1989

BY THE GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA

A PROCLAMATION

    Ever since Sir Walter Raleigh and his British countrymen developed a taste for it, the sweet-smelling tobacco plant has played a major role in North Carolina's history and culture.

    Tobacco has been an economic mainstay of our state for more than three centuries. The business of growing, trading and manufacturing this product has permeated virtually every aspect of North Carolina's culture and way of life.

    Tobacco has stimulated growth of both rural and urban communities and has played a key role in the development of North Carolina's transportation system. In addition, it has enabled our citizens to make a living and feed their families during uncertain times.

    The state has also provided a willing workforce and a favorable business climate for many of the nation's most prominent tobacco companies. In turn, these corporations have brought social progress to the Tar Heel State by supporting universities, churches, medical schools, and other social and educational agencies.

    In particular, Duke Homestead State Historic Site has sought to preserve North Carolina's tobacco heritage. The family home of Washington Duke, the famous 19th century tobacco entrepreneur, Duke Homestead demonstrates the lifestyle of North Carolinians who helped make North Carolina the center of a worldwide tobacco empire. Its new museum, re-opening October 1, 1989, will spotlight tobacco's contributions to North Carolina.

    NOW, THEREFORE, I, JAMES G. MARTIN, Governor of the State of North Carolina, do hereby proclaim October 1 through October 7, 1989 as "Tobacco History Week" in North Carolina. I also urge our citizens to learn more about North Carolina's tobacco heritage and to support the programs and mission of the Duke Homestead State Historical Site.

 

JAMES G. MARTIN

    IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the Great Seal of the State of North Carolina at the Capitol in Raleigh this twenty-first day in August in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and eighty-nine, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirteenth.