Surname/tag: Black heritage
This is one of several black families living mostly in Pender, New Hanover, Onslow and Duplin counties, North Carolina connected to the surname, Sharpless.
Eventually it is hoped to link up the various Sharpless families.
One prominent member of this family is Mattie Ray Sharpless (b. 8 Jul 1943), who was made ambassador to the Central African Republic 2001-3.
Given the connections with New Hanover county, it may be that some members of the family were directly affected by white riots in Wilmington, NC in 1898.
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