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Tomorrow is February, and we're kicking off our weekly newsletter with features honoring Black History Month in the Carolinas!
From the African American Music Trails of Eastern NC to exploring the best of St. Helena Island, Charleston, and other cities along the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor, we have enough activities to stuff your February calendar full of enlightening and informative events.
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Celebrate SC & NC Black History Month at these Destinations
Fill your February calendar up with day trips to these illuminating sites:
African American Museum of History & Culture at Loray Mill, Gastonia, NC: One of the newest museums dedicated to celebrating Black culture in the South, the African American Museum of History & Culture is not even five years hold. The museum regularly holds events throughout the year to educate and entertain the Gastonia public on Black contributions to society. Tickets to the 5th Anniversary Gala — which includes live music, a cash bar, and silent auction, are on sale for $100/person. The event takes place during Black History Month on February 17, 2024 from 6-9 PM at Gastonian Halls on 124 S. South Street.
African American Music Trails, Eastern NC: Can you name the birthplace of funk in NC? The African American Music Trails exist to celebrate the contributions that Black artists — like Maceo and Melvin Parker and Dick Knight — have made to music in NC and beyond. Discover diverse Eastern NC locations with rich connections to funk, R&B, and soul, celebrating the legacy of Black musicians in NC.
U.S. Army Airborne & Special Operations Museum, Fayetteville, NC: Hear the stories of how the 2nd Rangers — the sole African American Ranger unit in U.S. history — engaged in intense combat activities against the Communist Chinese and Korean forces during the Korean War.
Charlotte Hawkins Brown State Historic Site, Gibsonville, NC: The daughter of enslaved parents, Henderson, NC-born Charlotte Hawkins Brown founded the Alice Freeman Palmer Memorial Institute in Sedalia, an African American boarding school that matriculated more than 1,000 preparatory school students in Brown's 50-year tenure.
Historic Mitchelville Freedom Park, Hilton Head Island, SC: Visit the first self-governed town of formerly enslaved people in the United States. The annual Freedom Day Celebration takes place this weekend from 11 AM to 1 PM and will occur in conjunction with the 28th annual Gullah Celebration, another well-attended Black History Month event.
Benjamin E. Mays House Museum, Greenwood, SC: Explore the early life of Benjamin E. Mays, a mentor of MLK who is credited with laying the strategic framework of the American Civil Rights movement and served as President of the historically Black Morehouse College for 30+ years.