Black History Month


Houston Shinal, National Monument Director

Houston T. Shinal

February 5: Montford Point Marines

Jacksonville: 2 PM

Houston Shinal

During the 1940s these men traveled a road that was not paved. They graduated to become Marines and brought the American people and the U.S. Marine Corps into a new era. Today many of the Marines who traveled through this groundbreaking period of American and Marine Corps history have contributed their life's successes to the pain, sacrifices, and rewards that were earned at Montford Point.

February 12: St. Julia Church

Jacksonville: 2 PM

Dr. Rev. Amy Ciceron

St. Julia A.M.E. Zion Church was formed through the merging of two AME Zion congregations. The church has a history of pursuing freedom.
The congregation's original "freedom bell" that remains in front of the new sanctuary.  It represents freedom of faith, of speech, and of religion.

Dr. Rev. Amy Ciceron


February 19: Virtual tour of Onslow County African American Heritage Trail

Jacksonville: 2 PM

The Jacksonville Onslow African American Heritage Trail is a joint project of Onslow County Tourism, the Onslow County Museum, and the Business Diversity Council of the Jacksonville Onslow Chamber of Commerce.  Announced in February 2010, the trail is comprised of historical markers and sites throughout Onslow County that highlight African American heritage as well as significant individual contributions to the Onslow County community.
Angela Thorpe

February 26: NC Green Book Project

Jacksonville: 2 PM

Angela M. Thorpe: Director, NC African American Heritage Commission

Angela Thorpe will talk about the NC sites & the NC Green Book project.

From the NCAAH website:

Since 2017, the NC African American Heritage Commission, completed research on North Carolina’s Green Book sites.  The findings have been compiled in this interactive web portal which invites visitors to explore each site in depth through historical vignettes, stories, and images.  The project also includes a traveling and virtual exhibition produced to highlight the experiences of African American travelers during the Jim Crow era in North Carolina.

This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

February 27: Black-owned small business and organization fair

Jacksonville: 1 PM

Moderated by HomeGrown NC

Join us for a business fair curated of local Onslow County businesses and organizations that are African American-owned. 

Featured businesses to be announced.

February 28: Traveling While Black Virtual Realty Experience

Jacksonville: 3 PM

Join us under the goggles and go on an immersive virtual reality documentary experience about the risks faced by blacks on the road in mid-20th Century America, and the safe spaces as listed in the famous guide, The Green Book, where they could eat and sleep.

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