Posts Tagged ‘African-American history’

As we pause today to remember the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the civil rights movement he helped lead, we wanted to highight a few items from our collections that showcase some of the connections King had a to Tar Heel State.

1.  A color comic book that tells the story of King and his work in Montgomery, Ala., now part of the N.C. Museum of History’s collection


2. A 1962 telegram from King to then Gov. Terry Sanford requesting help in getting prisoners in Edenton released, now part of the State Archives’ collection


3. A photo of King giving a speech at N.C. Central University in Durham in 1966, now part of the State Archives’ collection


4. A button advertising King’s July 1966 speech at Reynolds Coliseum in Raleigh, now part of the N.C. Museum of History’s collection

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5. A photo of King at a rally in Durham in 1958, now part of the State Archives’ collection


6. A 1962 memo from a senior member of the State Highway Patrol to Terry Sanford detailing King’s recent visit to North Carolina and the police protection he received, now in the collection of the State Archives


Other resources related to King and North Carolina’s rich civil rights heritage that are worth checking out include:

1.  The story of King “rehearsing” his “I Have A Dream” speech at a Rocky Mount church and other civil rights-related posts on our This Day in N.C. History blog

2. A Change is Gonna Come, an online exhibit on civil rights from the N.C. Museum of History

3. The Virtual MLK Project from N.C. State University

Check out the North Carolina Digital Collections and our online collections database to discover more primary materials from North Carolina’s past.

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Journey back in time to the Civil War homefront
Saturday at Bentonville Battlefield

With nearly 20 events from the N.C. Maritime Museum in the east to Horne Creek Farm in the west, the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources offers you and your family plenty of ways to experience North Carolina arts, history and culture.

Begin your weekend early tonight with a contemporary concert at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, or a screening of the film The Man from Snowy River at Historic Bath.

Friday morning, take a guided kayak tour of saltwater marshes and sand bars with the staff of the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort, or learn about how you can preserve the historical items your family owns at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh. In the afternoon, head to Elizabeth City to decorate a pumpkin with your kids at the Museum of the Albemarle. Things get spookier Friday night, with Halloween-themed tours of the Poe House at the Museum of the Cape Fear in Fayetteville, walk-throughs of  the truly frightful haunted Battleship North Carolina in Wilmington and a murder mystery dinner at the Maritime Museum in Southport.

Saturday, the team of the Queen Anne’s Revenge shipwreck project will host Blackbeard-themed games, entertainment and educational activities at the Maritime Museum in Beaufort, while the Horne Creek Living Historical Farm in Pinnacle will present its annual fall festival complete with cloggers, apple cider and living history demonstrations. Visitors can also transport themselves back to the Civil War homefront at Bentonville Battefield in Four Oaks, experience the coast’s colonial past first-hand at Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson in Winnabow or bring their old home movies to the State Archives in Raleigh for viewing. The day will round out with an antique auto show at the N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer, a classic radio-themed theater performance at Tryon Palace in New Bern and a “Sleepover Under the Stars” at Town Creek Indian Mound in Mount Gilead.

The N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh will host a community celebration in conjunction with the opening of its new Still-Life Masterpieces exhibition Sunday. Also Sunday, Historic Stagville in Durham will present a lecture on African-American genealogy and Rob Christensen, the political columnist at the News & Observer, will give a talk on famous Tar Heel political commercials at the N.C. Museum of History.

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