During the month of February, the Triangle area has featured some amazing Black History Month celebrations from festivals, concerts, parades and more. However, just because the month is winding down doesn’t mean that we can’t continue to explore and celebrate the history, achievements, and heritage of African-Americans.
Keep your family learning and exploring throughout the year with a couple of interactive exhibits happening around town. These exhibits will expand your family’s celebration, conversation and knowledge of African-American history. Did we also mention each of these exhibits are FREE? Check out our featured favorites below.
Morehead Planetarium & Science Center, Chapel Hill
The new Firsts in Flight exhibit at the Morehead Planetarium & Science Center tells visitors about significant contributions made by African Americans – particularly by African-American women- to our country’s history of aviation and space flight.
The circular hall that houses Firsts in Flight is divided into two sections with each focusing on a different time in history. One half of the circular hall exhibit focuses on African-American contributors to aviation in the first part of the 20th Century – from Emory Conrad Malik to the Tuskegee Airmen. This side is mainly organized around pioneering aviator Bessie Coleman and the people and events she inspired.
The other half of the circular hall exhibit highlight’s contributions made to space flight by African-American women in the second half of the 20th Century. This side is mainly organized around women who began their NASA careers as “computers” at Langley and other research centers.
Hours: Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. & Sundays, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
NC Museum of History, Raleigh
The exhibit, The Story of North Carolina, traces life in North Carolina from its earliest inhabitants through the 20th century. Within this large exhibit sits the Woolworth’s lunch counter that played a pivotal role in a 1960 sit-in in Salisbury during the Civil Rights Movement. Families can read and look on at this impactful piece of our history while touring the exhibit.
Don’t forget to visit Selma to Montgomery: A March for the Right to Vote: Photography by Spider Martin that is on site at the NC Museum of History. This photography exhibit focuses on the 1965 march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, when more than 2,000 people crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala., to march for African-American voting rights and equality.
City of Raleigh Museum (COR Museum), Raleigh
Families can explore photographs and artifacts of Raleigh’s struggle and journey towards equality during the mid-1950s to the mid-1970s.
Hours: Tuesdays – Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. -4:00 p.m. & Sundays, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE (A recommended donation of $5 per adult can be placed in the donation box in the gift shop.)
Historic Stagville comprises the remnants of one of largest plantations of the pre-Civil War South. Owned by the Bennehan-Cameron family this plantation held 900 slaves on 30,000 acres of land by 1860. Stagville offers a view of the past, especially that of its African-American community, by allowing visitors to guide themselves around the extensive grounds. Families can take part in a self-guided or guided tour of the plantation.
Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Tuesdays – Saturdays
These are just a few exhibits showcasing African-American history that Raleigh area families can enjoy. We hope you continue to celebrate and explore our diverse city and rich history.