Liberty, North Carolina

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Liberty is a town in Randolph County, North Carolina, United States.

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History

Originally named Liberty Oak, the town was founded in 1809 near the plantation of John Leak (according to: The Town of Liberty). The first church within the town was the Liberty Christian Church (now the United Church of Christ) founded on October 11, 1884. The town's first school, the Liberty Academy, was founded on May 6, 1885 as a charter school and helped to foster the town's early reputation as a place of higher learning. Liberty is home to the mother church of the Southern Baptist Religion (Sandy Creek Baptist Church), World Skeet Shoot Champion Craig Kirkman, and is the birthplace of professional baseball player Joe Frazier.

Events and landmarks

Liberty is also home to The Liberty Antiques Festival a world famous antiques' show that draws such famous faces as Julia Roberts and other Hollywood celebrities. Also The Liberty Showcase who has had many famous Nashville recording stars such as Ronnie McDowell, Lorrie Morgan, Gene Watson, Exile, and many more. The movies "Killers Three" (1968) and "Children of the Corn II: The Final Sacrifice" (1992) were filmed in Liberty and the surrounding areas.

One of Liberty's most noticeable landmarks is the Patterson House Museum. Originally constructed in 1885 By Dr. Armstead Jackson Patterson as a retirement home for his parents; it is now a museum located near the town hall.Other local landmarks are the historical Liberty train station[which is not open to the public],and the Vance York house.

In 2001 Liberty was honored to become one of the few towns on the North Carolina National Historic Register for its rich history & historic architecture largely due to the efforts of Mrs. Francine Swaim, a local writer, teacher, and historian.

As of the 2000 census, the town population was 2,661.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there are 2,661 people, 1,033 households, and 708 families residing in the town. The population density is 1,020.8 people per square mile (393.6/km²). There are 1,094 housing units at an average density of 419.7/sq mi (161.8/km²). The racial makeup of the town is 65.69% White, 23.64% African American, 0.71% Native American, 0.08% Asian, 8.08% from other races, and 1.80% from two or more races. 14.21% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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