February is the ideal time to plan a field trip to some of North Carolina’s most important African American history sites. You’ll find sites that are meaningful to African American history from the Civil War to the 1960s civil rights movement.
International Civil Rights Center & Museum
The birthplace of the Sit-In Movement when four African American students sat down at the previously all-white Woolworth’s lunch counter.
Historic Jarvisburg Colored School
Until the 1950s, African American children were educated in one-room schoolhouses across eastern North Carolina. Several grades met in the same classroom.
Halifax, www.nchistoricsites.org/halifax, www.visithalifax.com
This site and Halifax County have received 3 designations for National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom locations. There are several sign markers that share the experience of the Underground Railroad Trail. These sites are all located near the Roanoke River which was used by many Freedom seekers as an escape route.
Montford Point Museum
America’s first African American Marines trained at Montford Point on Camp Johnson. Museum photographs and artifacts capture the history.
Hayti Heritage Center
Hayti was once among the most affluent African American communities in the nation. The majestic St. Joseph’s AME Church, home of the Hayti Heritage Center, is the community’s focal point.
More than 900 enslaved African Americans lived at worked at Stagville, once among the South’s largest Plantations.
Once a thriving plantation with more than 300 enslaved people, this State Historic Site offers visitors a glimpse into the life of 18th and 19th century life in North Carolina.