Celebrate Wilmington! And the Walk of Fame

Visitors to this small plaza on Nutt Street will find a graceful arbor with flowering vines and tubs of seasonal plants at the entrance. Bronze benches provide a comfortable place to rest and view the eight-pointed stars that line the walkway, bearing the names of Walk of Fame honorees.

To be chosen for this honor, candidates must satisfy a specific criteria. Inductees are those people who have lived, worked and/or enriched the Wilmington/Cape Fear region and have attained national or international recognition in one of the following fields – the arts, business, education, literature, broadcasting/television/film, journalism, sports, science, medicine, the military, politics or government.

Current Walk of Fame honorees (in order and with year of induction) are:

1997 – Roman Gabriel A Wilmington native, Roman Gabriel played All-State football, baseball and basketball while at New Hanover High School and starred as a football quarterback at North Carolina State. He went on to a career in professional football as an NFL quarterback, playing for the Los Angeles Rams and the Philadelphia Eagles.

1997 – Minnie Evans A native of the Cape Fear region, Minnie Evans was a visionary artist who, without prior training, began to paint prolifically in middle age. Using whatever materials she could find, she painted vibrant and colorful pictures depicting the dreams and vision she experienced all of her life. The Cameron Art Museum owns a collection of her work; call the museum at (910)395-5999 to see when they are on display.

1998 – Hugh Morton The legacy that Hugh Morton leaves behind is as a preservationist, naturalist and photographer. He contributed much time and effort into preserving North Carolina history through his work on the Save The Battleship and Cape Hatteras Lighthouse projects. Morton is also an internationally recognized photographer whose work appeared in several well-known magazines, including Time and National Geographic.

1998 – Henry Bacon Though born in Illinois, Henry Bacon spent most of his life in Wilmington, designing the Confederate Memorial at Third and Market Streets and the estates of local families. He is most noted for his design of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., for which he won international recognition and the highest honors of the American Institute of Architects. Bacon is buried in the Oakdale Cemetery, 520 N. 15th Street, Wilmington.

1999 – Frank Capra, Jr. Frank Capra, Jr. has been instrumental in the development of Wilmington’s film industry. Internationally recognized as a filmmaker, Capra returned to Wilmington in 1996 to become president of EUE/Screen Gems Studios. His earlier visit in 1983 resulted in the filming of Dino DeLaurentiis’ movie, Firestarter, on location at Orton Plantation. Since his return, Capra has been tireless in his efforts to bring film production to the Cape Fear region and strengthen communication between the industry and the community. Capra participates in Wilmington’s theater arts and teaches classes in the Film Studies Program at UNC-Wilmington.

1999 – Caterina Jarboro Born Katherine Yarborough in Wilmington, Caterina attended school here until, at age 13, she journeyed to New York to study music. During her illustrious career, she achieved international fame as a soprano and paved the way for other talented African-Americans in American opera. Caterina performed in many of the world’s great opera houses, including Paris, Vienna, Warsaw, Madrid, Moscow and the United States. She also thrilled Wilmington audiences on two occasions by performing at the Academy of Music (Thalian Hall) and the Williston High School auditorium.

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