Black History events at the NC Museum of History

Looking for something to do this weekend?  Planning ahead for Black History Month?  The NC Museum of History has various events coming up!

10th Annual African American Cultural Celebration
Saturday, Jan. 29
11 a.m.–4 p.m.
Over 75 presenters—musicians, storytellers, dancers, historians, playwrights, authors, artists, reenactors, chefs, teachers, scholars, and more—will be on hand to kick off Black History Month and celebrate North Carolina’s diverse African American heritage and culture. For more information, call Emily Grant at 919-807-7979 or visit

African American History Tour
Saturday, Feb. 5, 12, 19, and 26
1:30–2:30 p.m.
Explore the lives and accomplishments of African American North Carolinians from the antebellum period to the Civil Rights era.

Hands-on History
Saturday, Feb. 5, 12, 19, and 26
1–3 p.m.
Learn about African Americans who have called North Carolina home as you make a craft, jump a rope, or hear a story. DROP-IN PROGRAM
The Ambidexter Philosopher: Thomas Jefferson in Black Thought, 1776–1877
Sunday, Feb. 6
2 p.m.
Mia Bay, Rutgers University
Professor Bay will examine African Americans’ changing ideas about Thomas Jefferson between the American Revolution and the post-emancipation era. This Perspectives on History lecture is presented in conjunction with the National Humanities Center and sponsored by the N.C. Museum of History Associates.

History à la Carte: 1898 Wilmington Race Riot
Wednesday, Feb. 9
12:10–1 p.m.
Bring your lunch; beverages provided.
LeRae Umfleet, Collections Management Chief, N.C. Department of Cultural Resources
In 1898 white rioters in Wilmington violently overthrew a legitimately elected black Republican government, changing the course of politics and race relations in North Carolina and across the nation. Umfleet will discuss the riot and its long-term impact.

Music of the Carolinas: Magic of African Rhythm
Sunday, Feb. 13
3–4 p.m.
This powerful ensemble features traditional African melody, movement, and rhythm. Students from Raleigh’s Community Music School will join them for a special program. PineCone cosponsors the performance.

Hope you all have a great weekend! 🙂

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