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 2020, as well as a couple of places that have a focus on African American history and culture all year.
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.
Stagville State Historic Site
5828 Old Oxford Highway, Durham
Historic 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.
It’s free to visit Stagville, as are the guided and self-guided tours. You’ll need a car to visit all the sites. Donations are appreciated.
Hayti Heritage Center
804 Old Fayettesville Street, Durham
Hayti 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.
Pope House Museum
511 S Wilmington Street, Raleigh
This is the only African-American house museum in North Carolina. It features original furnishings and artifacts from Dr. Manassa Thomas Pope and his family. It’s open on Saturdays and free to visit.
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 25th, 2020.