NC Coast Home to Abundant Black History

Freedmen’s colonies offered education for children and adults. Photo: National Park Service, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site

When visiting the state’s coastal counties, beaches and scenic views are usually the focus. But there is also an underlying history at these tourist destinations. Many of these sites play a role in the events that have shaped black culture. This American history — from slavery to civil rights — is mirrored along the coast. As Black History Month draws to a close, here are a few places where we can better understand the difficulties and celebrate the successes of African-Americans in North Carolina.

A late 19th-century depiction of slaves in the Great Dismal Swamp. Source: Wikipedia

Dismal Swamp

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