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This week, a statewide traveling exhibit called “Freedom For All” went on display at a plantation in Washington County.   The exhibit includes illustrated panels which tell the story of slavery in North Carolina before, during and after the Civil War.  Freedom For All will be on display at the Somerset Place State Historic Site in Creswell until August 23rd.   Built in the 1780’s, the plantation was one of the largest in the South during the antebellum era.  It started as a business venture for three Edenton men in 1785 to grow rice.  This week, I spoke with Assistant Site Manager Amber Sat

We talk to a local nonprofit on their efforts to open a shelter to help young boys victimized through sex trafficking.  The Greenville home would be the first of its kind in the country.

We continue our Black History Month series with a profile of cabinet maker Thomas Day who owned the largest furniture business in North Carolina during the height of slavery.

President Obama announced an executive order this week that would address human trafficking in US government contracting.  We have an update on modern day slavery in our state which is now ranked seventh in the nation.

According to the 2012 Trafficking in Persons Report released in June, there are an estimated 27 million slaves around the world. On Tuesday, President Barrack Obama spoke in New York City at the Clinton Global Initiative on the topic of human trafficking. 

This week on the Down East Journal, we discuss the future of the biofuels industry in North Carolina. We talk to researchers and farmers about the potential of growing high energy grasses that can be converted into ethanol.  And, the Carteret County Health Department and a Croatan High School student group combine forces to clean the air and ground of county parks.  Plus, President Obama announced an executive order this week that would address human trafficking in US government contracting.  We have an update on modern day slavery in our state which is now ranked seventh in the nation.