Due to the weather, the African American Heritage Tours for January, February, June, July, August, and September will be in the form of a lecture inside the North Carolina History Center.
In light of Governor Cooper's state of emergency declaration and guidance regarding canceling or postponing large gathers in an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19, this event has been canceled. Please pay attention to our social media and website for updates as we address this evolving issue.
Tryon Palace’s African American Heritage Walking Tour explores the history and heritage of more than 20 historic locations around downtown New Bern.
New Bern served as a haven for many African Americans during the early stages of the Civil War after Union forces occupied New Bern in 1862. The city’s African American population was the majority population in the area from 1800 to the 1930s. Conditions like this allowed the African American community to thrive in New Bern. Many of the city’s houses and public buildings were built by African American craftsmen, while the city was also home to some of the oldest African American congregations in the Southeast.