This image is of Thomas and Elizabeth standing in front of the Mitchell-Anderson House, Wilmington's oldest structure, during a historic plaque ceremony. Thomas and Elizabeth Wright both played important roles in the revitalization of Wilmington's downtown neighborhoods. Thomas Wright was one of the founders of the Wilmington Historic Foundation in 1966 and acted as its first President. Since its institution, both Thomas and Elizabeth have served many terms as directors. Together, the Wrights were involved in the preservation and adaptive use of Chandler's Wharf, creating a historic area of restored houses, restaurants and shops. The Wrights have been involved in the restoration of many historic residences and have saved thirty historically significant buildings from being torn down in the Wilmington area. The couple was awarded the Ruth Coltrane Cannon Cup by the State of North Carolina in 1978 for their leadership in the preservation and restoration of Historic Wilmington. They were also named Citizens of the Year by the Wilmington Star-News and the Civitan Club in 1982.