Black History Month: The Impact of Joe Barfield, Sr.


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY)- Amanda Fitzpatrick sat down with former New Hanover County Commissioner Joe Barfield, Sr. to talk about the impact he has had on black history in the county.

Barfield made black history in 1980 when he became the first African American to be elected as County Commissioner since the post-war reconstruction in 1898.

Some of the impacts that Barfield had as County Commissioner were the start of the county sewer system, construction of the airport terminal, restoration of the old courthouse, and development of the senior center in addition to getting funding for school construction.

You can learn more by watching the full interview above.

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