Join us on Feb. 8 from 1 to 3 p.m. for the fourth annual African American History Symposium at the City of Raleigh Museum. This event will explore the transformation from slavery to freedom through two lectures.
Collector Craig James will discuss images from his personal collection of early African American photographs. James’ library of rare photos capture the transformation from slavery to freedom and the emergence of a new black identity. A native North Carolinian, James is descended from slaves from the Spring Hill Plantation in Pender County. Among his collection are images of his family, “Nursey” James, who was born into slavery and lived into the 20th century.
Also speaking will be City of Raleigh Museum director, Ernest Dollar, who will share new research on the enslaved community of Dix Park and the efforts to locate living descendants. During research on the museum’s latest exhibit, From Plantation to Park exhibit, Dollar discovered John Hunter, born in the 1760s, and traced eight generations of his family to New York. In November 2019, John’s family traveled back to Raleigh to learn about their historical roots and the future of the new park.