State marks Black History Month

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A number of events are planned through the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resource in February for Black History Month. Here are a few.

February. Historic Edenton. Harriet Jacobs Walking Tours. The tour highlights the life of Harriet Jacobs and the maritime underground railroad that led to freedom. The program is aimed to the eighth-grade curriculum. Pre-registration required, call 252-482-2637. Feb. 1-2, 8-9, 15-16, 22-23. 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. $2.50.

• Feb. 2. CSS Neuse Civil War Interpretive Center, Kinston. U.S. Colored Troops and the Civil War lunch and learn/battlefield tour. Hear two lectures on the USCT role in the war in eastern North Carolina. Learn about recruitment, equipment and training, missions and combat. Lunch and tour of Wyse Fork Battlefield included. Space is limited, reservations required. 11 a.m. $10.

• Feb. 16. Somerset Place State Historic Site, Creswell. Made of the Land Outreach Program at Salem Missionary Baptist Church, Columbia. The program describes objects made at Somerset by enslaved workers and white families in 1843. A costumed historic interpreter will discuss artifacts that were grown, constructed or purchased for the plantation’s everyday operations. Noon. Free.

• Feb. 16, 23. Historic Edenton. Edenton: From Civil War to Civil Rights. Tour focuses on African-American life in Edenton from pre-emancipation to the Civil Rights movement, highlighting black leaders, businessmen and educators from Edenton and the Albemarle region. Departs from Historic Edenton visitor center and lasts about an hour. 11 a.m. RSVP to 252-482-2637. $2.50.

• Feb. 21. Tryon Palace, New Bern. African-American Lecture Series. Music of Black Migrationers. Music has been a mainstay in the African-American culture to sustain spirits and hope. Dick Knight & Company will share music of Southerners who fled injustice in the South, including W. C. Handy, Huddie Lead Belly, Bessie Smith and Nina Simone, in the N.C. History Center. 7 p.m.

• Feb. 9, 23. N.C. Museum of History, Raleigh. African-American History Highlights Tour. Docent-led tours through exhibits highlight the contributions of African-Americans to North Carolina. 1:30 p.m. Free.

• Feb. 9. N.C. State Capitol, Raleigh. Black History Month Read-In. Celebrate literature as words and experiences of African Americans. Local authors, community leaders and students read to children, teens and adults. Free.

• Feb. 9. Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum, Sedalia. Palmer Personalities. During these special tours, visitors will meet actors portraying notable personalities from the school’s history. 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Free.

Feb. 10. N.C. Museum of History, Raleigh. Music of the Carolinas: Donna Washington. Author, storyteller, performer Donna Washington, well-known spoken word recording artist, will perform. 3 p.m. Free tickets distributed at 2 p.m.

Feb. 23. N.C. Museum of History, Raleigh. Fascinating Figures Workshop. Artist Pinkie Strother is known for her three-dimensional figures that place everyday people in historical scenes, as was Ernie Barnes whose work is on exhibit. In this hands-on workshop, you will see works by Barnes and Strother, then create one. Ages 12 and up; 1 p.m. Pre-registration required. $20 for non-museum members.

February. Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum, Sedalia. Black History Month School Tours. Students will learn of the important role Brown and Palmer Memorial Institute played in the lives of African-Americans in North Carolina before it was a historic site. On a tour of Canary Cottage and the campus, hear of famous African-Americans from actors to politicians who came to Palmer. Program meets N.C. curriculum standards. Lunch arrangements available. For information and reservations contact Education Coordinator Sonya Laney at sonya.laney@ncdcr.gov or call (336) 449-4846.

February. N.C. Museum of History, Raleigh. “Exhibits: The North Carolina Roots of Artist Ernie Barnes” through March 3, The Green Book Mini Case, through Feb. 28.

February. N.C. Transportation Museum, Spencer. Special exhibit: “Rise Above: Tribute to Tuskegee Airmen.” A touring mobile movie theater with inspiring history lessons of the Tuskegee Airmen. The 160-degree panoramic film highlights the courage and determination of the airmen with spectacular footage of the CAF Red Tail Squadron’s P-51C Mustang flyer. Feb. 27 to 28, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., also on March 1 and 2; March 3, noon to 5 p.m. Regular admission; adults $6, seniors/military $5, Ages 3-12 $4, 2 and under free.


Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23. Reed Gold Mine, Midland. African-American Miners in North Carolina. Saturday tours focused on the site and the mine that tell stories of African-American miners at Reed Gold Mine in the region. 1 p.m. $2 for ages 8 and older.

Feb. 23. N.C. Horne Creek Farm, Pinnacle. Tour of the Hauser and Sawyer cemeteries. A guided tour explores the historic white and African-American cemetery at Horne Creek Farm. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free.