Black History Exhibit

A new exhibit, entitled “Building the Black Community – 1865-1900,” will be unveiled at the Johnston County Heritage Center on Saturday, February 9, at 11 am.

“The story told in this exhibit goes from jubilation to utter tragedy in three short decades,” says Heritage Center Director Todd Johnson. “We try not to overlook anything that’s important, good and bad, because there are important lessons in both.”

The exhibit opening will feature a screening of the recent film documentary, “Wilmington on Fire,” which tells the story of the Wilmington Race Riot in 1898. One of the key personalities in that tragic turn of events was a young African American newspaper editor who was born in Raleigh and grew up in Selma.

The Heritage Center is located at 241 E. Market Street, Smithfield. Admission is free, and the public is invited. For more information call 919-934-2836 or send an email to heritagecenter@johnstonnc.com.

 

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