Connecting People with our Black Heritage Sites

Experience the sites and explore the stories that celebrate the contributions of African Americans and their significance in the cultural heritage of Northeast North Carolina.

Inspiring exploration and appreciation for the African American Experience...

The African American Experience of NENC (AAENENC) celebrates the contributions of African Americans and encourages a deeper understanding of the significance of the region’s cultural heritage in order to build more inclusive communities.

This project is a collaborative project between nine NC counties that include:

Albemarle Bank
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Reid’s Grove Rosenwald School
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Dismal Swamp Canal
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North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island | James Melvin Gallery
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Historic Jarvisburg Colored School
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Historic Rosenwald School and River Center
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Albemarle Bank
On August 14, 1920, this structure opened for business as the Albemarle Bank, the first African American-owned...
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Hotel De Afrique | Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum
-National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom- The first Union military victory of the Civil War...
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Colored Union Soldiers Monument
A rectangular stone marker sits atop a concrete base. It has a pointed top and is engraved with text...
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Reid’s Grove Rosenwald School
Still on its original site, the Reid’s Grove School educated African American students. Completed on November...
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Josephine Napoleon Leary
Step inside the “Edenton Women of Distinction Exhibit” and learn about Mrs. Josephine  Napoleon Leary,...
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Dismal Swamp Canal
Proposed as early as 1730 by Col. William Byrd II, the Dismal Swamp Canal is the oldest operating artificial...
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A Day in Currituck County

Established in 1668, Currituck County is steeped in history and heritage. Named for an indigenous Algonquin term meaning “the land of the wild goose,” Currituck is largely defined by the

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24 Hours in Chowan County

Edenton/Chowan County Itinerary History seeps from every nook and cranny of Edenton and Chowan County. Our outstanding historic 18th-century architecture includes some of the state’s oldest homes and churches. Popular

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A Day in Currituck County

Established in 1668, Currituck County is steeped in history and heritage. Named for an indigenous Algonquin term meaning “the land of the wild goose,” Currituck is largely defined by the

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