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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Historic Wilmington Foundation honored a piece of Port City history today. The group presented its James and Rosalie Carr Memorial Plaque to the historic US Customs House, which is better known as the Alton A. Lennon Fderal Building downtown.

The charge of the foundation’s Plaque Committee is to identify and mark buildings in Wilmington and the region which are at least 75 years old. This historic building turns 90 this year.

“It is representative of a structure that has a long history or a site that has a long history in the city and a great connection to the history and the people of the community,” HWF Executive Director George Edwards said. “The federal courthouse, formerly the US Customs House, certainly is a dominant structure in our downtown.”

The plaque program began in the late 1960s. The foundation has presented more than 500 plaques since then.

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