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Jan Davidson Receives North Carolina's Top Honor

Jan Davidson (left) with NC Governor Mike Easley. Photo courtesy of the NC State Archives.
Folk School Director Jan Davidson received the 2007 North Carolina Award for Fine Arts in November 2007.

The North Carolina Award is the highest civilian honor the state can bestow. Jan Davidson has been the director of the Folk School since 1992 and the school has gone through a period of revitalization largely because of his leadership, vision and hard work.

Since 1964, just over 200 men and women have received this great honor, including Maya Angelou and Doc Watson. Congratulations Jan!

Winners of the 2007 North Carolina Award with the First Family from left: Burley Mitchell Jr., Public Service; William Leuchtenburg, Literature; Darrel Stafford, Science; Charlie Rose, Public Service; Governor Mike Easley and First Lady Mary Easley; Henry Frye, Public Service; Rosemary Harris Ehle, Fine Arts; Viney Aneja, Science; Jan Davidson, Fine Arts; Jerry C. Cashion, Public Service. Photo courtesy of the NC State Archives.
“These awards are our most prestigious civilian honor and are given to those North Carolinians whose contributions to the state are enduring and truly significant,” said North Carolina Governor Mike Easley. “We are fortunate to live in a state with so many outstanding individuals who, through their leadership, their talents and their time, have helped make North Carolina a better place to live."

To learn more about the North Carolina Award, please follow this link to the State Library of North Carolina Website: North Carolina Awards.

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