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History @ High Noon: The Fate of Raleigh’s 11 Missing Freedmen’s Villages!
February 24, 2021 @ 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
The North Carolina Museum of History invites you to join us online on Wednesday, Feb. 24, at noon for “History @ High Noon: The Fate of Raleigh’s 11 Missing Freedmen’s Villages!” The FREE program will feature Heather Leah, Multimedia Journalist, and Carmen Cauthen, Writer, Editor, and Historian. Register for the FREE program!
In the years after America’s Civil War, more than 4,000 men, women, and children—roughly half of the city’s population at that time—all freed from nearby plantations, formed 13 freedmen’s villages in and around Raleigh. These new residents were starting their free lives with no jobs, no homes, and no money. Still, they pulled together to build homes, churches, schools, and businesses.
Despite all their work and contributions, of the 13 villages formed during this time, only Oberlin Village and Method remain today, and many historians don’t even agree on the other 11 villages’ names, let alone where they were located or what happened to them. Hear about some recent research as these two passionate women explore what happened to the other historically Black communities, why they vanished, and what remnants can still be found today.
Register for the FREE program! An email with the Zoom link will be sent to all registrants an hour and a half before the program begins.