Friday marks 301 years since the battle at Fort Nooherooka, a three-day battle in 1713 that killed almost 1,000 men, women, and children. Descendants from the Tuscarora Tribe are holding a free event this weekend to raise awareness and reconnect with tribe descendants.
A memorial site was built in 2013 for the fallen Tuscarora Tribe members. A descendant to the Tuscarora Tribe, helped start an annual event to start an annual event at the site.
"This was the largest massacre of indigenous people in the United States anywhere this massacre site is bigger than Wounded Knee Massacre," Jacobs said.
Jacobs said other Tuscarora Tribe descendants from around the U.S. are camping out at the event.
The site is grabbing the attention of locals like Scott Abrams.
“It brings recognition to something that's not taught. What better way to do it than getting everyone to slow down and getting people to stop,” Abrams said.
Abrams said it’s better to learn directly from history is better than from textbooks.
For Jacobs, the site is only one piece of the puzzle to reconnecting with his ancestors. He hopes one day a burial place will be built at the site so that some of the remains of his people, which are currently at ECU, will be brought here and put on display for the public.
The memorial event runs from Friday until Sunday evening. It’s free and open to the public. Part of Nooherooka Road off Hwy 58 near Snow Hill will be blocked until Sunday night