Franklin County Update: News & Observer Coverage

Finally, some mainstream media coverage on the Franklin County Records Destruction Debacle.

The N&O does an “okay” job of getting the facts right, but they let Angela Harris completely off the hook, and they completely neglected to mention the fact that the destruction of records took place clandestinely, after regular business hours, and with no notification to the parties involved. I give them a C-minus on thoroughness.


Row over destroyed Franklin County records goes viral

By Sarah Barr –

January 14, 2014

LOUISBURG — The story of a decision to destroy a long-neglected collection of records discovered in the moldy basement of the Franklin County courthouse has raced across blogs and social media in recent weeks.

Online readers from around the world have joined local residents in debating whether county officials should have destroyed the records, which dated from the mid-1800s to the 1960s. For most, the answer is no, despite a long list of reasons from professional archivists about why the records weren’t essential to keep.

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One response to “Franklin County Update: News & Observer Coverage

  • nada62

    I agree with your assessment of the article, especially since I know that (missing) information was made clear when I was interviewed for it. Interestingly enough, Ms. Barr didn’t include any of my comments in her article, despite reaching out to me for our 15-20 minute long conversation. Perhaps she didn’t like what I had to say???


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