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Onslow County to unveil black history trail

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JACKSONVILLE, NC (AP) -- Onslow County is planning to tell the story of the area's black residents, from segregated beaches to the Marine Corps.

The Daily News of Jacksonville reports that the first marker on a new history trail will be unveiled Friday.

A new marker will be unveiled each month for a year. When it's done, the trail will include sites in Jacksonville, Richlands, Swansboro, Maysville and Verona.

Sites range from Hammocks Beach State Park, which was originally a vacation destination for black families, to Montford Point Museum at Camp Johnson.

It was there that the first black troops in the Marine Corps trained in a segregated facility.

Onslow County Museum Director Lisa Whitman-Grice says the trail includes highlights from all over the county.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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