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February is Black History Month, and there’s so much to do across the Tar Heel State to celebrate. Here are eight things we have on our bucket list this month that you should try, too:

1. Step back in time to and “meet” a few members of North Carolina’s 1868 first black caucus at the State Capitol in Raleigh.




2. Discover North Carolina’s rich African American music tradition with the African American Music Trails of Eastern North Carolina.




3. Browse through the hundreds of photographs, bible records, genealogies, legal documents and other primary materials related to African American life and civil rights available online through the North Carolina Digital Collections.




4. Visit one of the several state historic sites that have strong African American stories to tell.




5. Explore the work of Minnie Evans, Romare Bearden and other noted African American artists at the N.C. Museum of Art.


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6. Take a tour of Historic Edenton as seen through the eyes of well-known abolitionist and author Harriet Jacobs.




7. Get a broad overview or dive deep into a specific topic of African American history in North Carolina with a book from North Carolina Historical Publications.




8. Discover the stories of your African American ancestors with an index of online resources and workshop offered by the State Library.



Be sure and check out the Black History Month page on our website for more great resources and events related to Black History Month.

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It’ll be a blast from the past this weekend in Elizabeth City, as the Museum of the Albemarle puts on its annual Civil War Living History program

A Civil War living history in Elizabeth City, stargazing at Stagville and celebrations of African American music in Cary and Raleigh are just a few of the opportunities for family fun you’ll find with the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources this weekend.

The fun kicks off Thursday with another installment of the N.C. Museum of History’s popular Storytime in Gallery series for kids ages 3 and up in Raleigh, and continues Friday when the Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City will reopen its exhibit on Coast Guard aviation and Historic Stagville in Durham teams up with Morehead Planetarium to offer an astronomy program featuring tales from African folklore.

Also Friday, the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh will screen the film They Drive by Night in addition to hosting more installments of its Art in the Evening and Friday Night Sound Bites series. The former gives visitors the chance to explore the museum’s galleries at night with food, wine and live music, while the later is a docent-led in-depth exploration of one item in the museum’s collection.

Saturday, the action shifts back to the coast, where the Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City will host a Civil War living history day complete with costumed interpreters, cannon firing and demonstrations of life on the home front, and the N.C. Maritime Museum in Southport will also offer a Valentine’s Day-themed craft for kids and families. Back in the Triangle, the N.C. Museum of History will give an African American-themed tour of its exhibits, while the N.C. Museum of Art will give families the chance to create an abstract painting together. Both events will be in Raleigh.

The weekend fun wraps up Sunday with a celebration of African American music. The N.C. Museum of History will present a free concert by Ben Payton and the Blues in Raleigh, while the N.C. Arts Council will host jazz vocalist Sherry Winston at the Barnes & Noble in Cary to celebrate the release of the African American Music Trails of Eastern North Carolina book. The N.C. Museum of Art will also screen the documentary In So Many Words.

Throughout the weekend, the N.C. Symphony will play concerts of music by Russian composers in WilmingtonRaleigh and Chapel Hill.

For more information on these and other events, please visit NCCulture.com.

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