Explore the African American Experience

Jonkonnu performers from Tryon Palace at Historic Stagville in Durham

North Carolina is nationally renowned for its rich African American history.

To help you explore that heritage we've gathered some of the best places to experience African American music, offer engaging on-site programming that highlight stories from black history and interpret four historic sites that emphasize the African American experience.

With our programming you can get a broad picture of North Carolina's African American history or dive deep into a specific subject. There's so much to explore!

Coming Up Across North Carolina

Our museums and historic sites are offer programming related to the African American experience year round. A night of stargazing and African storytelling, Harriet Jacobs-themed tours of Historic Edenton, lectures covering African American music, food and civil rights and a living history program focused on North Carolina's early African American legislators are a few examples of what you might find. 

Experience the Magic of African American Music

A guide to music sites, artists and traditions of eastern North Carolina, our African American Music Trails project is a celebration of jazz, rhythm and blues, funk, gospel, blues, church music, rap, marching bands and the musicians and places in eastern North Carolina where music has been a part of family, church and community life for generations. 

Find Authentic North Carolina in the African American Music of the East

Telling the African American Story Through Historic Places

Though all our of historic sites have threads connected to black history, the connection is especially strong at four places throughout the state.

State Parks with African American Roots

Before being integrated in the 1960s, North Carolina had three segregated state parks for African Americans. Visitors to those parks today can learn more about this period in our history.

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