The North Carolina Agricultural Hall of Fame was created by the 1953 General Assembly to honor North Carolinians who have rendered distinguished service in the science and art of agriculture. The Hall of Fame room on the first floor of the Agriculture Building in downtown Raleigh set aside by law to honor these individuals. Only 35 people have been inducted into the Ag Hall of Fame since Leonidas Lafayette Polk was first inducted in 1957. The Ag Hall of Fame only accepts nomination for people after death. Today, we take a look at the nomination, as written, for Aaron W. Solomon Sr., who was inducted into the N.C. Agricultural Hall of Fame in 1997.
AARON W. SOLOMON SR.
June 30, 1918 – November 27, 1994
Mr. Solomon worked diligently across the state to improve the economic welfare of farmers as well as promoting improved race relations, paving the way for all farmers to work together in addressing common issues related to agriculture. He exemplified the characteristics of a great leader. He was a man of high integrity, had good communication skills, concern for small and minority farmers and the courage to keep the needs of farmers on the forefront. Under his leadership, minority members of Farm Bureau were brought into the mainstream of the organization and, with his help, became an integral part of the total Farm Bureau effort.
Mr. Solomon had the vision to see that there was room for all individuals to be a part of developing agricultural policy and worked to see that their collective voices were heard.
He was educated in the schools of North Carolina, graduating from Durham’s Hillside High School and later receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree from North Carolina A&T State College, now North Carolina A&T State University.
Always aware of the physical attributes in life, Mr. Solomon, of mild-mannered demeanor, spent his professional life working in the field of Agriculture. His career began as an Agricultural Extension Agent in Beaufort and Bladen counties. He worked as a field representative for the N.C. Farm Bureau Federation, retiring in 1984 after 34 years of service. As a field representative, he traveled across the state informing farmers and rural people of government policies and identifying individuals who exemplified potential for effective agricultural leadership.
Mr. Solomon began serving others as a Sergeant in the U.S. Army being honorably discharged in 1946. He continued to serve his community through membership on boards, commissions, civic organizations and the church: Wake County Juvenile Home (Haven House), Raleigh Green Way Commission, Raleigh Board of Adjustments, Raleigh Planning Commission, N.C. Agricultural Hall of Fame Committee, Advisory Council for the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service, Chairman of Precinct #20, Treasure of Raleigh/Wake Citizens Association, Active Member of St. Joseph Catholic Church having served as Chairman of the Parish Advisory Council, Eucharistic Minister, Usher and Finance Council. He was also a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Tarboro Road Breakfast Club, Les Pins Neighborhood Club and the Raleigh Mules.
Appointed by the Raleigh City Council to membership on the Planning Commission in 1980, Mr. Solomon served in that capacity until June 1986. He provided thoughtful guidance to the growth and change of the City of Raleigh during those years.
Mr. Solomon will always be remembered as a loving, giving person who worked tirelessly for his community while never seeking acclamation for himself. He was a true gentleman, a model family man, and a dedicated community servant who worked to improve the quality of life for rural people in North Carolina.
AGRICULTURAL HALL OF FAME