Tryon Palace Holds African American Heritage Tour of 20 Historic Locations

NEW BERN, NC – July 16, 2017

Tryon Palace’s African American Heritage Tour will lead visitors on a walking tour to more than 20 historic locations around the heart of downtown New Bern at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 16.

“These tours are very important to visitors because they need to know what has taken place in this town and who is responsible for making things happen in the past,” said Sharon Bryant, Tryon Palace African American Outreach Coordinator. “I encourage everyone, young or old, to learn of the rich history New Bern has to offer.” 

New Bern served as a haven for many African Americans during the early stages of the Civil War after Union forces occupied the city in 1862. The city’s African American population was the majority population in the area from 1800 to the 1930s, allowing the African American community to thrive. 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.

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. Admission is free for Tryon Palace Foundation members.

For more information call 252-639-3500 or visit

Publicity image available for download here.

Upcoming events at Tryon Palace include:

July 18: Behind the Scenes: Museum Technology
July 20: “Wilmington on Fire”
July 21: Lunch and Learn: A History of Dogs as Pets
July 22: Tryon Palace Multicultural Fair