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Marker honors first ex-slave to own land in Gaston

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GASTONIA, N.C. (AP) - A new cemetery marker has been set up in Mount Holly to honor the man thought to be the first freed slave to own property in Gaston County.

The Gaston Gazette reported (http://bit.ly/1oG1fyJ) that relatives of Ransom Hunter met at his burial site earlier this month. Hunter lived from 1825 to 1918.

Markers were set up for Hunter and four of his family members.

The family held its first reunion in 30 years at Tuckaseegee Park last week. They attended church Sunday before dedicating the new markers with friends and local supporters.

The family says Hunter operated a successful general store and two livery stables. They say he also sold land to help create the city's downtown area.

Information from: The Gaston Gazette, http://www.gastongazette.com

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