The Nikwasi Mound dates back 800 to 1,000 years and is believed to have been built by the ancestors of the Cherokee tribe. Nikwasi Initiative Photo
The Nikwasi Mound dates back 800 to 1,000 years and is believed to have been built by the ancestors of the Cherokee tribe. Nikwasi Initiative Photo
The Nikwasi Mound dates back 800 to 1,000 years and is believed to have been built by the ancestors of the Cherokee tribe. Nikwasi Initiative Photo

Mark Price has been a reporter for The Charlotte Observer since 1991, covering beats including schools, crime, immigration, the LGBTQ issues, homelessness and nonprofits. He graduated from the University of Memphis with majors in journalism and art history, and a minor in geology.