Explore the region’s rich history, from its agricultural roots to pivotal events of the American Revolution to the prominent people who helped shape the area. Visit Duke Homestead, the home, factories and farm where Washington Duke first grew and processed tobacco, paving the way for North Carolina to become the heart of an international tobacco empire. Explore Historic Stagville, once a 30,000 acre plantation with over 900 enslaved people that today is a state historic site in Durham County, dedicated to researching and teaching about the lives of the enslaved people on the plantation. Tour Bennett Place, where surrender papers for Southern armies in the Carolinas, Georgia and Florida were signed in April 1865.
Raleigh is home to many African American heritage sites and historical attractions that celebrate and commemorate African American culture. Here, you’ll not only find the South’s oldest black university, but also the birthplace of one of the most important organizations of the civil rights movement and other cultural markers of African American excellence, determination, struggle and pride—all which have shaped N.C.’s capital city.
Durham has a strong history of diversity and entrepreneurial prowess. Durham’s West Parrish Street became known as Black Wall Street a hub of black-owned business that blossomed during the early 1900s.