The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

March 4, 2013

ECC faculty member publishes book on local history


TARBORO — Edgecombe Community College faculty member Monika S. Fleming has published her fifth book on local history, "Legendary Locals of Edgecombe and Nash Counties."

Fleming is program coordinator of the Historic Preservation Trades program at the college.

She worked with the Twin County Museum and Hall of Fame, Braswell and Edgecombe libraries, and the Edgecombe County Veterans Military Museum to identify more than 180 local legends who are highlighted in the book.

"Legendary Locals of Edgecombe and Nash Counties" is a chronicle of the history of the Twin Counties as told through the stories of the men and women who founded it, nourished it, and left their mark in the fields of education, medicine, business, sports, literature, music, and the armed forces.

The book is part of Arcadia Publishing’s Legendary Locals series, and is only the second title in the series in North Carolina.

Several book-signings are planned. The first is set for 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Twin Counties Museum and Hall of Fame in the Rocky Mount Train Station.

Fleming also will sign books from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, March 8, in the Edgecombe County Veterans Military Museum in Tarboro, and from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 9, in Books-a-Million at Golden East Crossing Mall in Rocky Mount. At 7 p.m. Thursday, March 27, Fleming will be at Edgecombe Memorial Library where she will give a short talk on the book before the signing. Additional events are being planned in April.

A local historian and tour guide, Fleming has authored four previous historical books on the Edgecombe County area. She is a member of the N.C. Literary and Historical Association, the Federation of North Carolina History Societies, Organization of American Historians, and Edgecombe County Genealogical Society. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from East Carolina University.

In addition to the book-signing locations, copies of "Legendary Locals of Edgecombe and Nash Counties" are available at Rusty’s, Thorne Drug Center, and the Blount-Bridgers House in Tarboro; and Walgreen's in Rocky Mount.