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Chowan Discovery Group, Marvin T. Jones

Show Line Up & Talking Points:

Airtime: Saturday, Dec 20th 3:00-5:00pm CST

Show Line Up & Talking Points:

Introduction: Author and historian Marvin T. Jones, Marvin T. Jones: Executive Director
Owner of Marvin T. Jones and Associates, specializing in corporate communications photography and photographic design. His love of the community of his birth led him to create the now defunct,  a personal website of stories and photo essays. Jones is a native of Cofield, North Carolina; he attended the Winton Triangle’s C. S. Brown School and graduated from Ahoskie High School.

Books: CAROLINA GENESIS – Beyond the Color Line presents the first published history of the Winton Triangle. Marvin T. Jones’ essay, “The Leading Edge of Edges – The Tri-Racial People of the Winton Triangle”, tells the story of a people who emerged from the meeting of the New and Old Worlds and how they created success from century to century in northeastern North Carolina. The cover of this book of seven essays features a 1977 photograph of the Deaconesses of Pleasant Plains Baptist Church, the first institution established by the people of the Winton Triangle. Highlights of the essay:

Carolina Genesis: Beyond the Color Line Paperback – July 10, 2013
by Scott Withrow (Author), Stacy Webb (Author), Govinda Sanyal (Author), & 4 more
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-Origins of the Winton Triangle
– The Triangle’s contribution to the Civil War in expanding freedom in the United States

-The Triangle’s growth after the Civil War – land purchases, more families, schools, businesses, churches.
– Founding of Pleasant Plains Baptist Church and the C.S. Brown and Robert L. Vann Schools, and the achievements of their members and graduates.
– Leadership in worship, education, business and government.

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Copies signed by Marvin T. Jones and author appearances are available at 202.726.4066 or

Chowan Group

Marvin’s link of suggestion, classes and webinar’s on further funding and grantsmanship. 

  • AssociatesLaverne Jones, Director and Dr. Harold Mitchell, Director
  • Mission/Vision:
    • Collect, preserve and present materials that describe and illustrate the WintonTriangle history. Dating back to the 1740’s, North Carolina’s Winton Triangle is one of the oldest communities of land-owning people of color in America. The Triangle originally encompassed the towns of Winton, Cofield and Union. In the late 19th century the Triangle expanded toward the newly incorporated town of Ahoskie.
    • Research and document the cultural, social and economic history and traditions in the Winton Triangle area that enabled families of color to establish and maintain a successful entrepreneurial and landowning community.
      Develop educational and informational materials and activities which present the CDG’s research findings, the interviews conducted and the digital library of photographs, documents and artifacts.
    • Coordinate and collaborate with individuals, community leaders, organizations and institutions to promote increased awareness of cultural histories and traditions, and the importance of cultural preservation.
  • Accomplishments:
    • Awards of Interest, 6 NC Highway Historical Markers, articles, broadcasts, over 40 lectures, the launching of a mural project for Hertford County.  Effort to preserve Pleasant Plains School House
    • History:
  • Roanoke Island Colony
  • Winton Triangle
  • Freedman’s Colony (plague/recognition)
  • Sgt. Augustus Robbins, church he founded: history, membership history, etc.
  • Resources – digital collection of over 8000 files of photographs, documents, video and audio recordings.


  • Surname List –  shown in image – 44 so far.
  •  Related to Chowanoke, Meherrin and possibly Tuscarora and Weapemoc.


  • Basic Genealogies of some of the prominent and or progenitor families.  First families such at the Robbins, Weaver, Archer, Hall, Nickens and Manley families

Future Goals

  • Soliciting participations, inclusions?
  • Promotional of published titles, blogs, websites, further reading, lecture’s, presentations and activities with other related groups, MHA, etc.
  • Current or future goals of the Chowan Discovery Group: update the website, continue the mural project, preserve Pleasant Plains School, and solicit support projects that aid the overall community in and around Hertford County. 

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