CP is not a wildlife expert but apparently this black squirrel is rather rare in North Carolina.
Though black squirrels are common or predominant in many areas of North America, their overall rarity (perhaps as few as 1 in 10,000) has caused many towns, cities, colleges, and universities to take special pride in their populations of black squirrels. Several cities and towns in the United States and one in Canada make efforts to publicly promote their local populations of black squirrels.
CP's Take: I'm not a fan of squirrels, and living in a home surrounded by massive trees make squirrels basically public enemy number one. So far this one has not decided that my attic should be his home. However, I do see where a stuffed black squirrel fetched a robust $150.00 on eBay recently, just saying.
Cedar Update: The Black Squirrel met an early demise. No surprise I live in a neighborhood of self absorbed idiots in too big of a hurry to slow down for the hapless rodents.