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:

Colored Union Soldiers Monument
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The Pea Island Cookhouse Museum | Manteo
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Josephine Napoleon Leary
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Somerset Place State Historic Site
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Historic Jarvisburg Colored School
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Reid’s Grove Rosenwald School
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Harriet Jacobs Tour
Hear the amazing tale of Harriet Jacobs, a woman born into slavery in Edenton, who escaped to become...
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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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Historic Rosenwald School and River Center
Check out signage on the historic grounds at the circa 1920 Hamilton Rosenwald School (formerly known...
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Somerset Place State Historic Site
This historic site offers a realistic view of 19th-century life on a large-scale North Carolina plantation....
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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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Mariners' Wharf
 The busy wharf was the site of much Civil War activity. Black troops, free Black Elizabeth City residents,...
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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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