Historic red trolley parked on street in downtown

Juneteenth Trolley with Carmen W. Cauthen

Back by Popular demand, author and local historian Carmen Wimberley Cauthen will be doing her Trolley tour of Historic Black Neighborhoods for Juneteenth!

Join Cauthen to explore some of Raleigh’s historic black neighborhoods. The tour will start at the Top Greene Community Center and will go from there.

About the Book: The story of Raleigh's African American communities begins before the Civil War. Towns like Oberlin Village were built by free people of color in the antebellum era. During Reconstruction, the creation of thirteen freedmen's villages defined the racial boundaries of Raleigh. These neighborhoods demonstrate the determination and resilience of formerly enslaved North Carolinians. After World War II, new suburbs sprang up, telling tales of the growth and struggles of the Black community under Jim Crow. Many of these communities endure today. Dozens of never-before-published pictures and maps illustrate this hidden history.

Local historian Carmen Wimberly Cauthen tells the story of a people who—despite slavery—wanted to learn, grow, and be treated as any others.

Date: Friday, June 14
Time: 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Cost: $10 for adults, $4 for kids ages 5-15
Ages: All ages
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John P. “Top” Greene
401 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.
Raleigh, NC 27601


John P. “Top” Greene Community Center

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