August 28, 1939
Prominent African-American Helena (Phillips County) physician, drugstore owner, and investor Napoleon Bonaparte (N. B.) Houser died. In 1920, soon after the October 1919 Elaine Massacre, Houser had left Helena and resumed his medical practice in North Carolina, the state of his birth. Upon his death, the Charlotte Observer described his medical practice as “one of the largest practices of any negro doctor in the Carolinas.” He is buried in Charlotte’s Pinewood Cemetery.