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Helms, 12 Others Inducted Into Raleigh Hall Of Fame

Posted September 21, 2006

— Raleigh's Hall of Fame has 12 new members, including former U.S. Sen. Jesse Helms.

Former WRAL anchor Charlie Gaddy was master of ceremonies for Thursday night's induction. Helms was recognized for establishing a two-party political system in the city. His wife, Dot, accepted the honor on his behalf.

Other inductees include:

  • the late Judge George Foust Bason, who championed reforms in the state's juvenile court system

  • the late Miriam Preston Block, who served 10 years on the Raleigh City Council

  • the late William Henley "Polly" Deitrick, who designed state buildings and landmarks throughout the state

  • Dr. William "Billy" Dunlap, who founded Hospice of Wake County

  • Dr. Albert Edwards, who extended his ministry across the county and beyond through his Sunday broadcasts on WRAL

  • the late Albert Earle Finley, who served as a benefactor to organizations throughout Raleigh

  • the late Vallie Lewis Henderson, the founder of the Oakwood Garden Club and a champion of preservation efforts

  • the late Joseph Holt Sr. and his wife, Elwyna, who filed the first legal action to integrate Raleigh's public schools

  • the late Charles Irving and his daughter Vivien, who both served as active voices within Raleigh's black community.

    Also honored were the Junior League of Raleigh, for its efforts to promote volunteerism within the community, and the League of Women Voters of Wake County, which encourages political participation and efforts such as the development of a greenway system and the Capital Area Transit system.

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