Robeson County, North Carolina

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Robeson County is a county in the U.S. state of North Carolina. As of 2004 it had a population of 126,469—an increase of 2.54% from the 2000 census. Since then, it has been one of the 10% of United States counties that were majority-minority;[1] its combined population of American Indian, African American and Latino residents comprise over 68% of the total. Native Americans make up 38% of the population.

Robeson County was formed in 1787 from part of Bladen County. It was named in honor of Col. Thomas Robeson of Tar Heel, North Carolina, a hero of the Revolutionary War. In 1781, Robeson and 70 Patriots defeated an army of 400 Loyalists at the Battle of Elizabethtown.

Lumberton[2] is the county seat. The University of North Carolina at Pembroke, a historically Native American college, is located in the county.


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