Carter, W. Horace

Biography:

Walter Horace Carter grew up in Stanley County, North Carolina, during the 1920s and 1930s. He moved to Chapel Hill to earn a degree in journalism at the University of North Carolina. His studies were interrupted by his service in the Navy during World War II. In 1947, Carter became the secretary of the Tabor City Merchant's Association and moved to Tabor City, North Carolina, with his young family. In Chapel Hill, he helped establish the Colonial Press, Carter officially settled in Tabor City, becoming publisher and editor of the newly-created Tabor City Tribune. Carter publicly attacked the Ku Klux Klan in his weekly columns for the Tabor City Tribune and worked closely with others fighting the Klan. Carter and fellow newspaper editor Willard Cole of the Whiteville, North Carolina, News Reprter were both awarded the Pulitzer Prize for their role in bringing to justice Klan members guilty of flogging.--From Oral Histories of the American South biography.

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