Independence Day ClosingsMost DCR historic sites and museums will be closed Friday, July 3, but open on Saturday, July 4. Schedules vary, so call ahead. The State Archives, State Library and all administrative offices will be closed Friday, July 3 through Sunday, July 5.

Explore the African American Experience

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!

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

Engaging Events

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. 

See Our Calendar of African American-Themed Programming

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.

Check out this poster for more on the African American history featured at North Carolina's state historic sites.