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Throughout 2017 the Sun Journal interviewed 52 different “faces of the community,” volunteers who were outstanding in their service. Those were narrowed down to five who received the prestigious Jefferson Award at a luncheon Tuesday, and of those one was selected to represent New Bern and Craven County at the national Jefferson Awards in Washington in June.

Ben Watford takes home the prestigious Jefferson Award

When Ben A. Watford left his hometown of Winton, North Carolina many years ago, he swore he would never live there again. He kept true to that promise but also reflects with appreciation on the strong foundation his early life there provided.

52 Faces: Ben A. Watford

Over by the coastal Carolina regional airport sits one of the last free standing slave quarters in North Carolina.


The Crockett-Miller Slave Quarters in James city was built in the 1830s and housed more than 30 slaves.

Man works to preserve a North Carolina Slave Quarter


Unsung Hero: Ben Watford

The NEWBERNIAN James City Slave Quarters

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