- Associated Press - Saturday, October 25, 2014

MURFREESBORO, N.C. (AP) - A newspaper owner who also wrote about the history, legends and myths of northeastern North Carolina will be honored with a highway historical marker.

The state will recognize folklorist F. Roy Johnson with a marker Saturday on Main Street in Murfreesboro.

Johnson moved to Murfreesboro from Surry, Virginia, and founded two newspapers. He later merged the two newspapers, then sold them to a competitor in 1962. After that, he wrote 22 books on topics including American Indians, the Gatling gun, peanuts, witches and demons. He received an award from the North Carolina Folklore Society for his work.

Johnson graduated from Duke University in 1932. He died in 1988.

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