The Carrboro Town Council designated Dec. 13 as Braxton Dunkin Foushee Day of Service in recognition of Carrboro's first Black council member and his service to the community.
The resolution was presented by town council member Eliazar Posada and community historian Danita Mason-Hogans at the Oct. 24 council meeting.
“It was a total surprise for [Braxton],” Barbara Foushee, his wife, a town council member and the sole candidate for mayor, said.
She said he was at home watching the town council meeting when the designation was announced.
The resolution encourages residents to spend Braxton Foushee Day reflecting on and learning about Carrboro’s Black history, as well as performing acts of service for their neighbors and the wider community.
“I feel like the day is really about honoring Braxton and his legacy,” Carrboro Mayor Damon Seils said. “He’s been an activist, an organizer and really at the center of everything in Carrboro for many, many years.”
Barbara said Braxton is very humble and casual when it comes to discussing his accomplishments. Barbara said when she met him for the first time at church, she had no idea who he was or what his achievements were.
Braxton’s activism began when he was a teenager, where he assisted elderly Black citizens of Carrboro with voting registration.
Braxton attended Lincoln High School when he first began his involvement in local activism, Seils said. He said the resolution is a product of the efforts of many people, including members of the Lincoln High Alumni Association.