African American Heritage Tour Returns to Tryon Palace

Covering more than 20 historic locations around downtown New Bern, Tryon Palace’s monthly African American Heritage Tour will return Sunday, March 20, at 2 p.m. 

Many of New Bern’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. The walking tour will explore these historic locations around Tryon Palace and downtown New Bern. 

Megan Raby, Tryon Palace Director of Education, said the tour provides insight into an important part of New Bern’s history. 

“The African-American culture and history is so rich in New Bern,” Raby said. “We are so excited to bring these tours back and share these important pieces of the New Bern story with our community, residents and visitors.” 

The Tryon Palace African American Heritage Tour will be offered March to November on the third Sunday of each month. Tours begin at the Waystation, located on the corner of George and Pollock streets, at 2 p.m. Tickets are included with the purchase of a One Day Pass, or may be purchased separately at a cost of $6 for adults and $3 for youth. Admission is free for Tryon Palace Foundation members.