- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 25, 2014

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) - The Historic Wilmington Foundation is scheduled to present plaques to a pair of homes tied to the local black community.

The StarNews of Wilmington reports (http://bit.ly/1ecb4m0) the plaques will be presented Tuesday at the Snipes-Taylor House and the Moore-Davis House.

Built in 1911, the Snipes-Taylor House was the retirement home for Robert R. Taylor, a Wilmington native who was the first black graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Taylor worked and taught for many years at Alabama’s Tuskegee Institute, designing many of the campus buildings.

The Moore-Davis house was built in 1898 by James Henry Moore of Pender County, who used it as a rental property. For many years, it was owned by French I. Davis Jr., a prominent Wilmington mortician and founder of French I. Davis Funeral Home.

___

Information from: The StarNews, http://starnewsonline.com