A Black History Month Celebration

January 22, 2018

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Last February, I joined a group of folks on an African American Heritage Bus Tour. Guides from the Fayetteville Area Transportation and Local History Museum took us to visit several historic sites that appear on Cumberland County’s African American Heritage Trail. This tour provided me with a rich context to the many stories I’d read about African Americans who built schools, founded churches and left their legacies here. The story behind Fayetteville State University (FSU) is just one example, and this Historically Black College/University also happens to be celebrating their Sesquicentennial Anniversary (150th) this year. Plan a visit to Cumberland County in February, and you'll find FSU and several of our museums, galleries and community centers proudly celebrating Black History Month. Here's a list of 12 events where our visitors may join in the celebration (click on each link to find more details).

Celebrating Heritage: Selections from the Hazel and John Biggers Collection
Rosenthal Gallery, FSU – opened January 15 and ongoing thru February 25

It Is Well with My Soul: The History and Artistic Form in African-American Cemeteries of Cumberland County
The Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County – opening January 26 and ongoing thru February 24

African American History Exhibit & Program
Smith Recreation Center – February 1

1867: Deeds Not Words, The Origin of FSU
Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex – opening February 3 and ongoing thru May 27

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Dancing Stories with April C. Turner
Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex – February 3

Chancellor's Speaker Series: Hidden Figures Author Margot Lee Shetterly
J.W. Seabrook Auditorium, FSU – February 6

Black History Cultural Art Experience Exhibit
Spring Lake Community Center – February 10

1867-2017: A 150-Year Celebration Concert by Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra with Soprano Angela Brown
J.W. Seabrook Auditorium, FSU – February 10

True to Yourself: A Black History Month Film Talk with Tichina Arnold & Winsome Sinclair
J.W. Seabrook Auditorium, FSU – February 17

Smooth Jazz II Concert Featuring Shana Tucker & Reggie Codrington
J.W. Seabrook Auditorium, FSU – February 18

15th Annual Black History Quiz Bowl
Ramada Plaza – February 24

African American Heritage Bus Tour
Fayetteville Area Transportation and Local History Museum – February 26

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FSU is playing host to even more BHM programs and other special events during their 150th year; visit their website to read about those. The African American Heritage Trail is one of several driving trails developed by the Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (FACVB) to help our visitors learn more about Cumberland County's rich history, as well as things to do here. While planning your visit, be sure to check out all the Cultural Heritage Trails, as well as the FACVB's Calendar of Events.

All pictures appearing in this blog are of Fayetteville's "Wall of Honor" mural, located on the corner of Murchison Road and Langdon Street.


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