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The Power of Preservation 

Over the last several weeks, we have been working to promote, support and execute the preservation of African American heritage in North Carolina.

Keep reading to take a look at preservation in action, and to learn of other exciting happenings throughout the state.

Featured Event

Black History Month Read-In 

Join us to hear works by and about African American authors, activists, poets, scholars, and orators from North Carolina.

Saturday, February 24, 2018 | 1-3 pm

Preservation in Action

Taking Care of Business

In January, we held our first business meeting of the year, where we were honored to welcome First Lady Kristin Cooper. 
Pictured: (back row, l-r) Charles Evans, Lavonda Daniels, Rev. Pierre Crawford, Chief Deputy Secretary Reid Wilson, Justice Michael Morgan, Edward C. Robinson (front row, l-r) Angela Thorpe, Sylvia West, Dr. Valerie Ann Johnson), Deloris Rhodes, Dr. Tamara Holmes-Brothers, First Lady Kristin Cooper,
Michelle Lanier, Marvin Arrington
We were also thrilled to swear in two new Commissioners: Dr. Tamara Holmes-Brothers (Cumberland County) and Mrs. Deloris Rhodes (New Hanover County).
Dr. Tamara Holmes-Brothers is sworn in as a Commissioner by Justice Michael Morgan, with her mother as her witness.
During the meeting, we shared the results of work we've been doing over last several months, and looked ahead at a few exciting projects, including the federally-funded "Green Books' 'Oasis Spaces'" project. To our delight, we were presented with an original Green Book by Attorney Craig James, a local collector of African American artifacts and ephemera. This loan will help us with our research and preservation efforts, and add invaluable context to the future Green Book traveling exhibit (which will launch in 2019). 
(l) Attorney Craig James holding an original Green Book
(r) Earl Ijames, Curator, NC Museum of History

Recognizing Preservationists

Governor Roy Cooper declared February Black History Month: Preserving African American History and Culture. Governor Cooper also hosted a reception at the Executive Mansion to recognize North Carolinians who have worked tirelessly to preserve African American History and Culture. 

Learn more about the preservationists who were recognized. 
Governor Roy Cooper recognizes curator Courtney Reid-Eaton.
In background, Mr. Charles Farrar (l) and Dr. Benjamin Speller (r). 

Collecting African American Art

AAHC staff visited the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture to tour their new exhibitions: By and About Women: The Collection of Dr. Dianne Whitfield-Locke and Dr. Carnell Locke; A Creative Journey: The Collection of Judy and Patrick Diamond; and Lillian Blades: Mirrors of Life. Each of these exhibitions features work from the collections of African American collectors.
Pictured (l-r): Sylvia West, Dr. Dianne Whitfield-Locke, Judy Diamond, Patrick Diamond, Angela Thorpe
We had the opportunity to meet and chat with three collectors: Judy and Patrick Diamond and Dr. Dianne Whitfield-Locke. Dr. Whitfield-Locke left us with a compelling gem for collectors, and those inspired to collect: "You never own the work; you have a responsibility to share it with others."

Learn about the exhibitions.

Celebrating Culture

Did you make it to the 17th Annual African American Cultural Celebration?
Here are a few of our favorite snapshots from the event! 

Finding Freedom

This Black History Month we partnered with the NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources to present a talk entitled "Finding Freedom."

The talk--given by Michelle Lanier, Executive Director of the AAHC--explored how African Americans sought and achieved freedom over time.
Watch it here. 

We are rising!

Did you catch "Tell Them We Are Rising?" We did!

The film reinforced the undeniable historical significance and contemporary value of HBCUs.

How can you work to connect with or preserve HBCUs in your community? 

Thomas Day piece finds a new home

A china press (c. 1845) crafted by Thomas Day (c. 1801-1861) will be installed in the first floor library of the North Carolina Executive Mansion (Raleigh) later this month. Day was an African-American master cabinetmaker, and ran one of North Carolina's most successful cabinet shops before the Civil War.  

Time Sensitive Opportunities

Paid Internships
NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources

The NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources is offering a series of exciting internships across the state. Students may explore opportunities ranging from conservation and marketing, to museum collections and more!

HBCU and MIHE students are strongly encouraged to apply.
Learn more.

Oral History Workshops
Federation of NC Historical Societies

The Federation of NC Historical Societies is hosting oral history workshops across the state. These workshops will help equip participants with the interviewing and transcribing skills they need to collect valuable stories.

Register for a workshop.

Register Today
Black Communities: A Conference for Collaboration 
April 23-25, 2018 | The Carolina Theatre | Durham

The Black Communities Conference is designed to create partnerships and future collaborations between Black communities, academics and other organizations that will enhance, document and safeguard the life of these communities.

Registration closes March 31, 2018.
Learn more or register.

Congratulations, Stagville!

Historic Stagville (Durham) is hosting one of this summer's
Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture Robert Frederick Smith Fund internships.

This paid oral history and digitization internship will assist with research and digitization of materials about the legacy of slavery at Stagville.
Learn more
Want to share African American heritage events, milestones or news from your community, or from around the state? Email us!
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