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A cart of tobacco is weighed and tagged as part of the 1952 Pitt County tobacco sales.
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A cart of tobacco is weighed and tagged as part of the 1952 Pitt County tobacco sales.

Sharing tale of transformation

“We collected about 180 photos that span the 20th century. Each of the pictures has a detailed caption with as much information as we could get.


Chris Oakley
book author

By Katherine Ayers

The Daily Reflector

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East Carolina University, the Pitt County hospital and tobacco.

Those three elements transformed Greenville from a small agrarian town at the beginning of the 20th century to a “somewhat modern” Southern city today, according to an ECU history faculty member whose book on the subject will be available on June 3.


Associate Professor Chris Oakley, along with co-authors Matthew Reynolds and Dale Sauter of ECU’s Joyner Library, created “Images in America: Greenville in the 20th Century” as a pictorial history book.

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