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      Family of freed NC slave gather for celebration

      MOUNT HOLLY, N.C. (AP) - Descendants of a freed slave are gathering in Gaston County for a family reunion and to dedicate a new large marble monument at his grave.

      The Charlotte Observer reports (http://bit.ly/TJOOYT ) the family of Ransom Hunter hasn't gathered together in 30 years.

      Hunter's owner gave him a small piece of land a year before the Civil War began. Hunter became a farmer and was eventually able to open two stables, a general store and buy more land he sold to freed slaves in South Carolina.

      Hunter's relatives are having a family reunion over the holiday weekend, and on Sunday they will gather at Hunter's grave in Mount Holly for a ceremony to replace his crumbling gravestone with a new marker.

      Hunter died in 1918 at age 93.

      Information from: The Charlotte Observer, http://www.charlotteobserver.com

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