Historical marker honors Wilson newswoman Swindell

‘Keep her legacy alive’

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Elizabeth Gold Swindell, the matriarch of Wilson's local newspaper and a pacesetter for women in journalism and business, was honored Saturday with the dedication of a state historical marker on the lawn of her longtime home.

Swindell served as editor and publisher of The Wilson Daily Times for 27 years, became the North Carolina Press Association's first female president and earned state and national leadership awards after buying the newspaper her father founded from Pennsylvania native H.D. Brauff to restore it to family ownership.

"I wouldn't be standing here if it wasn't for my grandmother," said Morgan Dickerman, CEO and chairman of the Wilson Times Co. "It's very meaningful for our family, but it's also very meaningful for The Wilson Times and the employees to always have something to ride by so they can remember the founder's daughter who worked so hard and really broke into the newspaper world when it was male-dominated."

The marker was installed Friday at the Frederick D. Swindell House on Nash Street, built in 1924 by Elizabeth Swindell's husband and now home to her grandson, the Times' fifth-generation family owner.

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