In honor of Black History Month, Current TV and the town of Duck partnered on a video to recognize Eastern North Carolina icon John Henry Bias.
Born in Palmyra, Missouri, on June 11, 1879, Bias was the co-founder of Elizabeth City State University and is known for his influence and contributions to the progress of African Americans, according to a release Thursday from Dare County.
Bias became a professor of science and mathematics at Elizabeth City State in 1904 and was later appointed president of the college, serving during a time of economic and educational uncertainty due to the Great Depression.
Bias led many upgrades and improvements to the university during his time as president, and is credited with implementing a baccalaureate program that was finalized in 1939.
Bias purchased 80 acres from ocean to sound with his two partners in 1929. The area eventually became what is now Duck.
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