Warrenton

Warrenton Streetfront

Warrenton is one of only six NC sites chosen to house the exhibit in 2010. Stover, Statewide Coordinator of MoMS, calls Warrenton “a hotbed of North Carolina’s musical heritage that has yet to be truly harvested, a waiting community full of history and music.” Stover cites such extraordinary yet often over-looked home-grown artists as the Warrenton Echoes, Bullock Family, and Royal Jubilee Singers. He points to the vital musical and dance legacy carried on by the Haliwa-Saponi Tribe and to the groundbreaking community work of WVSP (“Voices Serving People”) 90.9 FM.

WVSP 90.9 FM - Voices Serving People

As WAFR, the nation’s first black public radio station, was signing off the air for its final broadcast, an independent nonprofit organization called Sound and Print United, Inc., applied to the Federal Communications Commission for a broadcast license in 1973. Valeria Lynch Lee, a true visionary and a native of neighboring Halifax County, along with husband Jim Lee, then an agricultural specialist in Warren County, laid the ground work. With the aid of a handful of local volunteers who made up their board of directors, Sound and Print United was granted a broadcast license and became a public radio station. WVSP 90.9 FM signed on the air in 1976. Read more.