State of North Carolina historical marker, corner of Martin and Marion Streets, Shelby. In the background, a marker to former governor O. Max Gardner of Shelby. Obscured, just beyond that marker, is one erected to Thomas Dixon, who, among many roles, was author of The Clansman and The Leopard Spots, as well as many other long forgotten racist novels, but which in fact gave birth to the modern motion picture and Hollywood. But alas, 'tis better esse quam videri...