Lighthouse keeper John White returns to his one-time home after four decades
In John White’s boyhood in Charlotte, North Carolina, schools and water fountains were separated for whites and colored. Rising from the final years of segregation, he could not imagine his future self, as the first black man in command of Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse, ushering in its 100th year of service in 1975.
He got a glimpse of his future when his two older brothers were drafted into the Army for the Vietnam War.
In 1969, the year he graduated high school, White too was drafted.