Rocky Mount Race Relations

From its humble beginnings as #rockymound to earning a “Best Main Street in the Making” honor, Rocky Mount's race relations have blossomed over the last century and a half, creating a great environment to live, work and raise a family.

Get Involved in Your City: Become a Member of One of These Commissions

So often, we all express concerns but don’t take the initiative to make our community, city, and even our world, a better place. We’re very fortunate that Rocky Mount provides a wide variety of commissions to offer citizens the opportunity to take a more active role in city government.

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Juneteenth: A Celebration of Community Empowerment in Rocky Mount, NC

On June 19, 1865, the slaves received word that they were free, and the resulting celebration---termed “Juneteenth” --- is the oldest known celebration commemorating the end of slavery. It has been an African-American tradition since the late 19th century. Recently, Rocky Mount kept that tradition alive through the Juneteenth Community Empowerment celebration.

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Willie Williams, Interim Police Chief, Shares Plans About the Future

Interview with Retired City Manager Charles Penny

Highlights from the Martin Luther King Unity Breakfast

Three Signs of a Bright Future for Rocky Mount

Happy 150th birthday Rocky Mount!

From its humble beginnings as a “rocky mound” to earning a “Best Main Street in the Making” honor, Rocky Mount has blossomed over the last century and a half, creating a great environment to live, work and raise a family. Read more about the remarkable strides the city has taken, from lowering the Rocky Mount crime rate to fighting unemployment. 

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How the Buck Leonard Association Helps Area Youth

The crack of a baseball bat. The smell of fresh-cut crash. Cheers bursting from the dugout. Kicking up dust while sliding into home base.  These sights and sounds represent something much larger than "America's National Pastime." For area youth, these images represent a connection with the past that gives them a brighter future.

Baseball is also a Rocky Mount tradition; one of the sport’s most celebrated athletes has deep roots in Eastern North Carolina. Baseball great Buck Leonard – often called the "black Lou Gehrig" -- was born in Rocky Mount. Most noted for playing for the Homestead Grays, Leonard was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1972.

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4 Things You Didn’t Know About Rocky Mount’s African-American Heritage

Of course, you recognize the name Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., but what about Rev. George Dudley? You’ve grooved to the smooth jazz of Thelonious Monk, but do you know about Luther Barnes?

There are a lot of interesting tidbits about Rocky Mount's African American heritage with which you may not be familiar. Join us as we look at four things you may find surprising.

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Great News! Crime in Rocky Mount, NC is at 37-year Low

Rocky Mount, NC Lowers Crime

Rocky Mount, NC has taken a bite out of crime; for the second year, the crime rate has dropped 15 to 16 percent. How did the city do it? It's a combination of revitalization, community policing, extensive training and partnering with citizens. “This report is a testament to the ongoing, outstanding work of Rocky Mount Police Department personnel,” Police Chief James Moore said

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The Top Ten Things We Love About Rocky Mount, NC

 What’s there to love about Rocky Mount? A lot! From the amazing downtown architecture to the Imperial Center, we've counted down the top ten things we love about Rocky Mount. (We confess: It was difficult to limit our list to only ten.) Are any of your favorites on our list?

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