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Kenly was named for John Reese Kenly, who came to eastern North Carolina in the 1880s to purchase land for the Wilmington and Weldon Railway Company. He later transferred to the Richmond and Petersburg Railroad Company which later because the Atlantic Coast Line. Kenly celebrated its centennial in 1887 with Congressman Martin Lancaster as guest speaker. Source: Kenly News Centennial Edition, March 4, 1987
Kenly celebrated its centennial in 1987, the 1887 was a typo.
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