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On February 21, 1933, Nina Simone, often called the “high priestess of soul,” was born in the small town of Tryon in Polk County.

On February 13, 1943, the first women to sign up for non-clerical duties enlisted in the Marine Corps Women’s Reserve.

On February 11, 1813, freedom seeker, writer and abolitionist Harriet Jacobs was born in Edenton.

On February 11, 1917, Annie Oakley exhibited her skills as a markswoman in Pinehurst.

On February 10, 1937, Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, and pianist Roberta Flack was born in Black Mountain.

On January 9, 1878, Tabitha Holton became the first woman licensed to practice law in North Carolina.  Born in 1854 near Jamestown, she had three brothers, all of whom were attorneys. She is said to have gained her training in the law from having tutored her siblings.

On January 2, 1975, Susie Sharp took the oath of office as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of North Carolina.

On January 5, 1921Lillian Exum Clement took her seat in the North Carolina House of Representatives, becoming the first woman in the South to hold legislative office.