News Flash Home
The original item was published from 1/6/2022 5:22:00 PM to 1/6/2023 12:00:04 AM.

News Flash

Carrboro Town News

Posted on: January 5, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Happy Birthday, Elizabeth Cotten!

_R8A0653markerweb

CARRBORO, N.C. – Legendary North Carolina musician Elizabeth “Libba” Cotten was celebrated on Wednesday, Jan. 5, by her hometown on her birthday anniversary.  

Around the historical marker in downtown Carrboro to hear the proclamation for "Libba Cotten Day" by Mayor Damon Seils was a small group of bike riders, music lovers, history buffs and community members. Following the proclamation, the sun came out and there was a cheerful burst of applause. “Happy Birthday!”

Grammy-nominated singer and multi-instrumentalist Alice Gerrard received the proclamation on behalf of a family member who was unable to attend. Gerrard is recognized as one of the most influential old-time and bluegrass musicians. Moreover, she holds the distinction of having played and toured with Ms. Cotten, who was her friend. 

Mayor Seils further announced that the Town of Carrboro will present the Freight Train Blues Festival with partner Music Maker Blues Foundation, from May 13 to June 10, 2022, at Carrboro Town Commons, 301 W. Main St.  The annual concert series will include five evening concerts.  

“Libba Cotten continues to inspire musicians around the world and occupies a special place in Carrboro’s history and our vibrant and enduring local music culture,” Mayor Seils said. 

Attending the program was Ansley Herring Wegner of the North Carolina Highway Historical Marker Program, NC Office of Archives and History. She said the site for the historical marker was selected because of its proximity to the train tracks near Ms. Cotten’s childhood home. Born on Jan. 5, 1893, Cotten wrote her signature song, “Freight Train,” about the train she could hear from her home on Lloyd Street in Carrboro.

Cotten's talents as guitarist and songwriter came to light while she was working in the home of the Seeger family, who encouraged her career as a professional musician. Cotten toured across the country, recording several albums and winning a Grammy Award and a National Heritage Fellowship before her death in 1987.

Cyclists on the Carrboro Libba Cotten Day Community Ride that began at the Elizabeth Cotten mural located at 111 Merritt Mill Road stopped to hear the proclamation before riding down Libba Cotten Bikeway. It’s decorated for her birthday. Thanks to the ReCYCLEry for organizing the bike ride. 

We encourage everyone to give her songs a listen! Learn more about Elizabeth “Libba” Cotten from the following: 


_R8A0653markerweb

_R8A0378web

_R8A0483website

_R8A0576

_R8A0600web

_R8A0322web

Facebook Twitter Email

Other News in Carrboro Town News

poetry month purple

Get Poetic This April

Posted on: March 28, 2023
Carrboro Town Council Group Photo June 2022

Town Council Update

Posted on: March 27, 2023
Earth Hour 2023

Carrboro to Celebrate Earth Hour

Posted on: March 22, 2023
Carrboro Town Council Group Photo June 2022

Town Council Update

Posted on: March 17, 2023
Carrboro Town Council Group Photo June 2022

Town Council Update

Posted on: March 13, 2023
Traffic Alert

Traffic Alert

Posted on: March 16, 2023
Celebrate OUR EARTH Day

Carrboro to Celebrate Earth Day!

Posted on: March 8, 2023
No Parking web

No Parking on E. Winmore Avenue

Posted on: March 6, 2023
Carrboro Town Council Group Photo June 2022

Town Council Update

Posted on: March 6, 2023
Carrboro Town Council Group Photo June 2022

Town Council Update

Posted on: February 27, 2023
West Main Street web

Duke Energy Project on W Main Street

Posted on: February 24, 2023
Carrboro Town Council Group Photo June 2022

Town Council Update

Posted on: February 16, 2023
Tornado preparedness

Severe Weather Preparedness Week

Posted on: March 3, 2023
Carrboro Town Council Group Photo June 2022

Town Council Update

Posted on: February 13, 2023
Carrboro Town Council Group Photo June 2022

Town Council Update

Posted on: February 6, 2023
Celebrating Black America

Black History Month in Carrboro

Posted on: January 19, 2023
Carrboro Town Council Group Photo June 2022

Town Council Update

Posted on: January 17, 2023
national mentoring month

National Mentoring Month in Carrboro

Posted on: January 12, 2023
Carrboro Town Council Group Photo June 2022

Town Council Update

Posted on: January 10, 2023
203 Project Update

203 Project Update

Posted on: December 13, 2022
Poet Laureate

Carrboro Announces New Poet Laureate

Posted on: October 10, 2022
203 Project Update

The 203 Project Update: September 2022

Posted on: September 16, 2022
kiosk with citizen

Stay connected with Town of Carrboro

Posted on: September 8, 2022