LUMBERTON — After 15 years and more than 200 stories, Robeson Remembers has reached its final chapter.
Today’s entry marks the end of the series, which first appeared in the pages of The Robesonian in September 1999. The project was the brainchild of Helen Sharpe, a former reporter and publisher of the newspaper who is, appropriately enough, the subject of its last installment.
Sharpe, 87, cited her advanced age as one of the reasons she’s decided to end the series.
Several volunteer writers have contributed to Robeson Remembers since the series launched, and some have won awards from the North Carolina Society of Historians for their work. Frequent contributors include Bob Horne, Jackie Utz, Nell Lyons, Karen Van Zant and the Rev. Nash Odom.
Under Sharpe’s direction, the series grew into a veritable time capsule of notable people, places and events that have shaped Robeson County.
“I am genuinely saddened to see Robeson Remembers coming to an end, although I understand completely why it has to. I remember when Mrs. Sharpe asked us about the possibility of using The Robesonian as a vehicle to get these wonderful stories out, and it was a win-win for us,” said Donnie Douglas, editor of The Robesonian. “They did the heavy lifting, and we simply placed it in the newspaper.”
Though many readers will miss receiving their monthly dose of history, they may find some solace in knowing that Robeson Remembers won’t be lost to the sands of time. Two collections of stories from the series have been published and are available for purchase at the Robeson County Museum in downtown Lumberton.
“I appreciate their determined efforts over the last 15 years, and I am sure our readers will miss this feature as much as I do,” Douglas said. “But at least we have some wonderful information archived for future generations.”