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Talk to Highlight Carteret’s Prominent Women

Rodney Kemp

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote in the United States, storyteller Rodney Kemp will talk about more than 50 prominent Carteret County women during the monthly program, Fridays With Rodney at the History Museum Of Carteret County.

The 19th Amendment passed by Congress June 4, 1919, and ratified Aug. 18, 2020, gave American women the right to vote. The League of Women Voters was founded in Chicago earlier that year. The group’s Carteret County chapter inspired this program. 

Kemp will share memories about his grandmother, mother and sister and the contributions of Commissioner Mary Sue Noe and community activist Tibbie Roberts.

Lunch will be served at 11:30 p.m. Friday at the History Museum of Carteret County, 1008 Arendell St., Morehead City. Cost for Carteret County Historical Society members is $13 and nonmembers is $16.

The program, free for museum members and $8.50 for nonmembers, starts at noon. Call 252-247-7533 extension 1 or visit the museum by 4 p.m. Thursday before the event to reserve lunch.

Kemp told Coastal Review Online that when the League of Women Voters of Carteret County asked him to speak about the movers and shakers as part of the celebration of women’s right to vote, he said he realized that in Carteret County “mommas and grandmamas stayed home to raise the young’uns while the men were off fishing.”

Kemp explained that while he will talk about the famous women of Carteret County, “I’m stressing those that stayed home and took care of us,” he said.

He compiled a list of 75 women, “Who, in my way of viewing things, have an influence through clubs, churches, and through their means of touching people’s lives, particularly mine.”

About the Author

Jennifer Allen

Born and raised in Swansboro, Jennifer Allen graduated from Appalachian State University in 2002 and picked up a second degree from UNC-Charlotte the following year. She joined the staff of the Carteret County News-Times in Morehead City in 2005 and completed her master's at UNC-Wilmington in 2008. Jenn spent nine years writing and editing at the News-Times before joining the staff at the Town of Beaufort in 2014, where she served as public information officer and town clerk. On June 1, 2017, Jenn came aboard as assistant editor for Coastal Review Online. She has also written for Our State Magazine and other regional and statewide publications. She lives in Morehead City with her fiancé and their pups, Z, Gus and Willa.