African American Heritage Commission Staff

Adrienne Nirdé


Adrienne Nirdé (pronounced "Near-day") was appointed as the Director of the NC African American Heritage Commission in June 2023.  Prior to this role, she served as the Commission's Associate Director where her role focused on grant project management, heritage trails, and communications.

For over ten years Adrienne has worked in museums and cultural institutions including the President James K. Polk State Historic Site in Pineville, NC, and the Earl Scruggs Center in Shelby, NC. She holds a master's degree in museum studies from Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis as well as bachelor's degrees in history and anthropology from Indiana University and a certificate in diversity, equity, and inclusion from Cornell University. She is a graduate of the Jekyll Island Management Institute and the Smithsonian's Interpreting African American History and Culture Workshop. Adrienne has always had a primary interest in sharing diverse stories, particularly those have not yet been told and centering the communities that hold them. Adrienne lives in Wendell, NC with her husband, a high school social studies teacher.

Vincentt Craft Sutton

Program Coordinator

Vincentt Craft Sutton is a native implant of Danville Virginia. He is a graduate of William Peace University and a current student at North Carolina Central University pursuing a Master’s in History. 


Mikayla Medley

Administrative Assistant


Biography coming soon.