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Africa to Carolina

Africa to Carolina

The North Carolina African American Heritage Commission's Africa to Carolina initiative serves to identify, acknowledge and mark each site in the state where enslaved Africans disembarked directly from the African Continent. 

Sites

AAHC staff worked closely with the NC Office of Archives & History and the Middle Passage Ceremonies and Port Marker Project to identify the following disembarkation sites. Sites are listed in alphabetical order. 

  1. Port Bath
  2. Port Beaufort
  3. Port Brunswick
  4. Port Currituck
  5. New Bern 
  6. Port Plymouth 
  7. Port Roanoke
  8. Wilmington

Public Meetings

Community lies at the center of “Africa to Carolina.” As such, the AAHC will host a series of public meetings in key communities across North Carolina to connect you to the initiative.

All meetings are free and open to the public.

Meeting Dates + Locations

Thursday, January 31, 2019
Edenton State Historic Site

1767 Chowan County Courthouse
117 E. King St.
Edenton, NC 27932
Presented in partnership with Edenton State Historic Site

Tuesday, February 26, 2019
Bath State Historic Site

Visitors Center Auditorium
207 Carteret St.
Bath, NC 27808
Presented in partnership with Bath State Historic Site

Tuesday, March 5, 2019
Vernon James Center

207 Research Station Rd.
Plymouth, NC 27962
Presented in partnership with Somerset Place State Historic Site

Thursday, March 14, 2019
North Carolina History Center

Cullman Performance Hall
529 S Front St.
New Bern, NC 28562
Presented in partnership with Tryon Palace

Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Cape Fear Community College

McLeod Building 
Room S-002
411 N. Front Street
Wilmington, NC 28401
 

Meeting Details + Flyer

At each "Africa to Carolina" public meeting, we will share information about "Africa to Carolina." We hope to gather  feedback, suggestions, and general expectations about the initiative from you.

We will also explore local connections to U.S. slave trade and enslaved peoples’ disembarkation, and engage in a meaningful discussion about the legacies of, and commemoration around, U.S. slavery in North Carolina, at each meeting. 

You will have the opportuntiy to engage in disucssion* around questions like: 

  1. How has North Carolina been shaped by the experience of enslaved people from this port?
  2. What impact does the legacy of slavery continue to have in North Carolina?
  3. Where does our community go from here?

*Discussion will be led by Janeen Bryant of Facilitate Movement, LLC.

Flyer coming soon.

Share Your Feedback

Can't make a meeting, or have additional feedback you'd like to share? Connect with us here

Resources

Coming soon.

"Africa to Carolina" Advisory Board

Dr. Anna Agbe-Davies

Dr. Anna Agbe-Davies

Dr. Anna Agbe-Davies is an Associate Professor in the Anthropology Department at UNC Chapel Hill. 

Ramona Bartos

Ramona Bartos

Ramona Bartos is Director of the Division of Historical Resources in the NC Office of Archives and History.

Tracey Burns

Tracey Burns

Tracey Burns is Assistant Secretary for Diversity and Cultural Inclusion in the NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

Dr. Kevin Cherry

Dr. Kevin Cherry

Dr. Kevin Cherry is Deputy Secretary of the NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

Ann Chinn

Ann Chinn

Ann Chinn is the Founder and Executive Director of the Middle Passage Ceremonies and Port Markers Project, a Washington, D.C.-based non-profit.

Jaki Shelton Green

Jaki Shelton Green

Jaki Shelton Green is a renowned and decorated writer, poet and arts advocate. She was recently appointed as the ninth North Carolina Poet Laureate.

Karen Hayes

Karen Hayes

Karen Hayes is the Manager of Somerset Place State Historic Site (Crewsell, NC). 

Mike Hill

Mike Hill

Mike Hill is Research Supervisor of the NC Office of Archives and History.

Dr. Valerie Ann Johnson

Dr. Valerie Ann Johnson

Dr. Valerie Ann Johnson is the Mott Distinguished Professor of Women’s Studies and Director of Africana Women’s Studies at Bennett College for Women. She also serves as Chair of the NC African American Heritage Commission.

Michelle Lanier

Michelle Lanier

Michelle Lanier is the Director of the NC Division of State Historic Sites and Properties. Before taking on this role, she served as the Founding Executive Director of the NC African American Heritage Commission. 

Charles LeCount

Charles LeCount

Charles "Chuck" LeCount is the Deputy Director of North Carolina Historic Sites.

Jim McKee

Jim McKee

Jim McKee is the Manager for Brunswick Town/Ft. Anderson State Historic Site (Winnabow, NC).

John Mintz

John Mintz

John Mintz serves as the State Archaeologist in the NC Office of State Archaeology.

Dr. Nora Reber

Dr. Nora Reber

Dr. Nora Reber is Associate Professor in the Anthropology Department at UNC Wilmington.

Dr. Melissa Stuckey

Dr. Melissa Stuckey

Dr. Melissa Stuckey is an Assistant Professor of History at  Elizabeth City State University.