James Atwater grew up on Church St. as one of five siblings. Before working for the hospital at the University of North Carolina, his mother was an insurance agent for North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company in Durham, the oldest and largest African American life insurance company in the nation. James Atwater himself journeyed to Durham after graduating from the Orange County Training School to attend North Carolina Central University. While there, he studied English and later went to teach on the continent of Africa and at Howard University before serving in the military for two decades.
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