Black History Month is a time of celebration and remembrance. Throughout North Carolina there are many events to celebrate the month. There are events that celebrate influential leaders that have made a difference in the community, culture, food, music and historical sites. Let’s take a look at a few places you can check out in celebration of Black History
Pope House Museum
Did you know the first licensed Black doctor in the state of North Carolina was in Raleigh? The 120 year old house shows what practice was like for Dr. Manassa Thomas Pope through antique books. Tours are available but be sure to check out the website to schedule an appointment.
Black is the Color: A history of African American art
The Cary Theatre will be having a viewing of the film where attendees can learn about Black History. The film takes a look at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York in 1969 showcased a major exhibit “Harlem On My Mind” — with no work created by Black artists. Art historians talk about Black artwork over the years and the influence of past works today. This event takes place on February 25.
Driving Tour of Historic Landmarks in Raleigh
If walking is not your thing you can get in your car and drive around the city to see historical landmarks. Take a look at the carousel at Chavis Park or drive over to Shaw University and Saint Augustine’s University, two HBCUs that played a major role in the Black influence in North Carolina. You can also check out Method Road Community Center park which was the site of the first largest fully accredited rural high school in North Carolina for African Americans. Students came to Raleigh from Zebulon, Apex and other surrounding towns to attend school. Could you imagine that today with our population and traffic?
There is much to do during the month but remember the history does not end on February 29th. You can visit many of these locations throughout the year.
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