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The W. Horace Carter Newspaper Museum honors Horace Carter, a publisher, editor and primary newsman of the Tabor City Tribune, a small weekly newspaper he began when he was in his twenties. Even at that young age, Carter knew that to live up to his personal ethics, he would had to make tough choices. Those choices began then, in the early 1950s, as he put the future of his business and perhaps even the safety of himself and his family at risk when the KKK came to town on a hot summer evening. Carter determined he would take his stand early and hold to it. He sat down at his $15 Royal typewritter and wrote an editorial, the first in a series, against the resurrection of the Klan in eastern North Carolina. In 1953, Carter was recognized with the first Pulitzer ever awarded to a weekly newspaper.