PITTSBORO, N.C. — Born into slavery but determined to read, George Moses Horton shook the shackles that kept black people illiterate and published a book of poetry, becoming the first African-American in the South to do so. Horton lived from 1798 to 1883.
Horton Middle School bears his name, and students and staff there will celebrate his story on campus (79 S. Horton St.) Feb. 27 at 8:45 a.m. Author and illustrator Don Tate will share from his engaging book, “Poet: The Remarkable Life of George Moses Horton.”
This inaugural gathering will underscore Horton’s historical significance in Chatham County, according to Horton Middle principal Valencia Toomer. Those attending should reserve spots by either calling 919-542-2303 or visiting the school’s website by clicking here.
P.O. Box 128, 369 West Street Pittsboro, NC 27312919-542-3626Fax: 919-542-1980
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