Kadesh A. M. E. Zion Church exterior in 2002, prior to Hurricane Isabel. Image courtesy of Norman Brinkley, Jr.

“I Want to Walk Down That Aisle and Into That Choir Box and Sing One More Time.” An Interview with Sadie Riddick, Chair of the Kadesh A.M.E. Zion Church Restoration Project

By Amy Beth Wright The Kadesh A.M.E. Zion Church, at the heart of the Edenton, North Carolina community since the turn of the century, has urgently needed restoration since September of 2003, when Hurricane Isabel battered eastern North Carolina. Hannibal Badham, Sr., a formerly enslaved carpenter, built the church in 1897, with Tiffany stained glass

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Mapping Spaces of Freedom: An Interview with Elizabeth City Scholar and Public Historian Dr. Melissa Stuckey

“My research, work, and scholarship are about how African Americans create community—how they use institutions to get autonomy and self-definition and self-manifestation to create spaces of freedom.” —Dr. Melissa N. Stuckey, Assistant Professor of History and Social Sciences at Elizabeth City State University By Amy Beth Wright Dr. Melissa N. Stuckey’s work as a professor

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Annita Thomas interviews Troye Washington Clanton

Annita Thomas interviews Troye Washington Clanton about her recent experience visiting the Outer Banks and Northeast region of North Carolina. Annita is the on-air personality of the award-winning travel radio show Travel With Annita. She shares fascinating human interest stories exploring destinations through the eyes and voices of people who call them home. Travel with

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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 wildlife, waterways, marshes, woods, and plentiful farmland that surround the area. As your journey takes you south from the Currituck mainland to the Outer Banks,

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Camden County Itinerary: 
A Day in Camden County

Stunning nature, pristine waters and a variety of trails and parks create the perfect backdrop to experience and reconnect with history and nature in Camden County. The still mirrored waters of the historic Dismal Swamp Canal provide a glimpse of this waterway’s colorful past. Once a refuge to thousands of freedom seekers, today the Dismal

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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 sites include the 1767 Chowan County Courthouse, the 1886 Roanoke River Lighthouse, and the Iredell House Homesite. Discover the stories about the Maritime Underground Railroad,

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Outer Banks: First in Freedom Itinerary

A Day in Dare County The Outer Banks Visitors Bureau is proud to welcome you into our community for a day of sharing and discovery of the islands’ rich African American heritage that’s been adding to the collective OBX culture for generations. Whether you live on an island or just enjoy visiting, there’s always a

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