Black History Month - a celebration of NC heroes and heritage

Image description: African American mom holding and looking at her baby. Both are smiling. In the background, other moms hold and play with babies.

Image description: African American mom holding and looking at her baby. Both are smiling. In the background, other moms hold and play with babies.

Black history month is an incredible opportunity to learn more about the place we call home. Are you still looking for places and spaces to visit that celebrate heroes of African American progress? Discover the incredible heroes that lived right next door or just down the road while you explore NC’s rich African American history and heritage in this short places-to-see blog.

Local historical spaces to explore


Durham

Did you know that Durham’s Parrish street was once called the “Mecca of Black business” and that it was one of the best places for black business to grow? North Carolina Mutual Insurance Company (est 1898) and Farmers and Mechanics Bank (est 1906), both founded by black business leaders, were cornerstones of establishing business leadership and economic power in Durham.

Visit Durham’s Black Wall Street and learn about Black heroes of the industrial era.

Visit the Mural OR learn more about Durham’s incredible history at the Hayti Heritage Center


Raleigh

Visit the City of Raleigh museum and learn about the local march toward civil rights including some North Carolina’s pioneers of school desegregation (video of the Joe Holt Story in link).

Visit the North Carolina Museum of History and see black history up close through the uniquely curated exhibits highlighting the struggles and achievements of African Americans in North Carolina.


Take a Day Trip

Explore more of North Carolina’s Rich history with a day trip to a festival or museum just a few hours from home.

Get in touch with the roots of African American Music in North Carolina by following the African American Music Trail