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Battleboro, North Carolina

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Community of Battleboro
Community of Battleboro

Battleboro is a former town and community in the city of Rocky Mount in Edgecombe and Nash counties of North Carolina, United States.


In 1835 Joseph S. Battle established Battle's Camp along the Wilmington and Raleigh Railroad.[1][2] The settlement was initially located entirely in Edgecombe County, North Carolina, but in 1871 the county line was altered to run along the railroad and Battle's Camp straddled both Edgecombe and Nash counties.[2] In 1873 the community was incorporated as the town of Battleboro. By 1900 the town had 229 residents. Two years later the business district was destroyed in a fire, but it was later rebuilt. By 1990 the town had grown to include 447 residents.[1] In April 1994, a black rights group, Concerned Citizens for Battleboro, initiated a boycott of local white-owned businesses in protest of alleged harassment by authorities after a black woman was maced by a police officer and arrested for intervening in a traffic stop involving her niece. The boycott garnered national media attention and forced the town's largest grocery store to close.[3]

Over the next few years many residents of the Battleboro began urging that the town be annexed by the larger city of Rocky Mount, mostly to receive cheaper government services. The all-white Battleboro Board of Commissioners repeatedly refused to consider the matter, leading racial minorities in the town to accuse the board of discrimination. On June 4, 1996 residents of the community voted in a nonbinding referendum 132-34 in favor of annexation.[4] Battleboro was incorporated into Rocky Mount later that year.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Fleming 1998, p. 21.
  2. ^ a b "The Historical Origins of the 1871 Nash-Edgecombe County Line". Digital Rocky Mount Mills. Community Histories Workshop, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved October 18, 2019.
  3. ^ Lloyd, Fonda Marle (January 1995). "Anatomy of a successful black boycott". Black Enterprise. p. 17.
  4. ^ "RM begins to study merger". Rocky Mount Telegram. June 9, 1996. p. 1. Retrieved January 7, 2020.

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