1. James “Kokomo” Arnold, Blues Artist, Born James Arnold in Lovejoy’s Station, Georgia, Arnold received his nickname in 1934 after releasing “Old Original Kokomo Blues” for the Decca label; it was a cover of the Scrapper Blackwell blues song about the town of Kokomo in Indiana. A left-handed slide guitarist, his intense slide style of playing and rapid-fire vocal style set him apart from his contemporaries.
2. Frank Winston Ballance, Jr., The first African American elected to the state legislature from eastern North Carolina since the Reconstruction Era, Frank Ballance won election to the U.S. House in 2002, succeeding Representative Eva Clayton in a district that included much of coastal North Carolina. During an 18-month tenure in the House that was abbreviated by health problems. Ballance served on the Agriculture Committee—an important assignment for his predominantly rural, farm-based constituency.