Aycock Birthplace Celebrates Black History Month


FREMONT, N.C. — Music and dance will resonate at Aycock Birthplace State Historic Site during a free program celebrating Black History Month Saturday, Feb. 22, 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Artist April C. Turner will lead an interactive performance celebrating African American culture. The free program will include site tours and a presentation on groundbreaking African American legislator George White. 

The program starts with the presentation, “The Life and Times of George H White,” by historic site interpreter Tyler Mink. White was the only African American in the U.S. Congress in 1897. Tyler will highlight his extraordinary political career, influence on late 19th-century North Carolina and his place in the broader African American experience. 

April C. Turner, of Life as Art Productions, will perform the program, “African Storytelling and Dance.” She will use traditional African storytelling, song and dance to affirm concepts such as “integrity” and “perseverance.” 

Visitors can take tours of the site with costumed interpreters who will focus on the African American experience at the Charles B. Aycock Birthplace, a turn of the 20th century farm.
For additional information call (919) 242-5581 or email aycock@ncdcr.gov.

To reach the site, take U.S. 117 north nine miles from Goldsboro or U.S. 117 south 14 miles from Wilson. Turn right from Goldsboro, or left from Wilson, onto Gov. Aycock Road. The historic site is 1.5 miles on the right. From I-95, take the U.S. 301 exit at Kenly, then take highway 222 east for 10 miles to Fremont and turn right onto U.S. 117. Travel two miles and turn left onto Gov. Aycock Road. 

Gov. Charles B. Aycock Birthplace is part of the Division of State Historic Sites within the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.