Black History Month, which takes place in February every year, is celebrated throughout Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, and the rest of the Triangle, with festivals, storytelling, performances, lectures and much more.
We’ve put together a list of some of the special events taking place around the Triangle for Black History Month in 2021, as well as a few places that have a focus on African American history and culture all year.
Most of the events will be online this year. In addition, the availability of the history and culture sites might also be affected by COVID-19.
Do you know of other events or places that should be on the list? Just send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get it onto the list, time permitting.
African American History and Culture in the Triangle
Scroll down for a big list of Black History Month events in February, but first, here’s a look at a few places to immerse yourself in African American history and culture all year in the Triangle.
5828 Old Oxford Highway, Durham
919-620-0120Historic Stagville includes part of one of the largest North Carolina plantations. Protected are the original slave quarters, a barn and a family house. Stagville’s focus is teaching about the lives and works of the enslaved people who lived on the plantation.
804 Old Fayettesville Street, Durham
919-683-1709Hayti Heritage Center, in the historic St. Joseph’s AME Church, preserves the history and culture of Hayti, a historic African-American community that is now part of Durham. The former church complex is listed on the register of national historic landmarks. Today Hayti Heritage Center is home to vibrant arts programming year round, including the Hayti Heritage Film Festival, concert series, art galleries and more. It’s the starting point for tours of the Hayti neighborhood. It’s free to visit. Information on ticketing for events and activities is available on Hayti Heritage Center’s website.
511 S Wilmington Street, Raleigh
2001 St. Marys Road, Hillsborough
800 Colonial Street, Durham
Panels positioned along the old carriage track through Geer Cemetery—with accompanying safely distanced and virtual programming—will illuminate a history too often unseen, that of the graveyard itself as well as the African Americans laid to rest there and the role they played in building Durham.You can visit any time on your own, and there will be free guided tours on three Saturdays: January 30th, February 13th, and February 27th. Learn more about the tours, as well as virtual events, at Geer Cemetery.
Black History Month Events in the Triangle
We start the list in the end of January, because of the excellent African American Cultural Celebration at North Carolina Museum of History, which takes place January 30th, 2021.