Raleigh country club admits its first African-American couple

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RALEIGH, N.C. — The Carolina Country Club in Raleigh admitted its first African-American members in its 103-year history, according to The News and Observer.

In the most recent edition of Columns, the club newsletter, announced that Hilda Pinnix-Ragland, vice president of corporate public affairs for Duke Energy, had been accepted for membership along with her husband Alvin Ragland.

According to the paper, Pinnix-Ragland is a native of Hillsborough who started her career in 1980 when she joined Carolina Power & Light, which subsequently became Progress Energy. She has an accounting degree from N.C. A&T State University and an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. Her husband is a human resources specialist.

“We are members of the club, and we are excited to be members. We’re looking forward to it,” Pinnix-Ragland told the paper on Wednesday.

Membership to the country club is by invitation only. Joining fees are said to be about $40,000 and monthly dues more than $600.

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