One of the reasons I rebranded to I’m Fixin’ to was to share favorite parts of my home state and to showcase parts of North Carolina. Each year, I incorporate a little more of my personal interests, particularly when it involves local history. In honor of Black History Month, I wanted to share the 5 best places to visit for African American History in North Carolina, perfect for a visit no matter what month of the year.
Located in downtown Greensboro in the F.W. Woolworth building, the International Civil Rights Center & Museum brings history to life and celebrates the nonviolent protests of the sit-in movement during the 1960s.
Harriet Jacobs was born into slavery in Edenton, NC, escaped and became an influential author and abolitionist. There are self-guided tours through Edenton documenting Harriet Jacobs life and places that she wrote about plus guided tours in February, for Black History Month, and March, for Women’s History, to provide more information at Jacobs life and influence in eastern North Carolina.
St. Philips Moravian Church is the oldest-standing African American church in the state and is located in Old Salem. The church was built in 1861 and the Union victory in the Civil War was announced in this church in 1865 in Winston-Salem. The historic brick church is located in Old Salem Museum & Gardens.
The Gantt Center was named for Charlotte‘s first African American mayor and has rotating and permanent exhibits and a variety of experiences for visitors. There is much to learn and experience in the Gantt center, and there are learning opportunities for children, adults, and families. Learn more here.
This exhibit at the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh is one that I am really excited to experience. The exhibit runs through July 14, 2019 and provides information on the promises of the Civil War and amendments passed, but also how Reconstruction was interrupted by racism and terrorism.
Visit NC has a list of additional places to explore here. If you have additional sites to share, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
While this is not an exhaustive list of places to visit for African American history in North Carolina, it is a list of 5 places that I have experienced for various learning opportunities. As a historian, I am passionate about learning and growing from the past to make for a better future. While our history includes diverse races and experiences, learning more about other people’s heritages provides an opportunity to acknowledge our countries imperfections. By acknowledging this history, it also creates an opportunity to grow as a society and confront uncomfortable parts of history and celebrate the momentum forward.