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African-American Heritage Tour

With dozens of historic and cultural sites, plus an array of year-round events and celebrations, North Carolina's capital city area is rich in African-American heritage. These sites will take you to landmarks in education, business, religion and more.

Start at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Gardens (free), the only public park in the United States devoted to the civil rights movement. Here you will see a life-sized bronze statue of Dr. King.

Spend some time exploring our historically black colleges and universities--Shaw University (free) and Saint Augustine's University (free). Shaw University is the oldest historically black university in the South. While on Shaw's campus, tour Estey Hall, the first building constructed for the higher education of black women in the country. Saint Augustine's has been ranked in the top five of the nation's 110+ historically black colleges and universities.

Visit the African American Cultural Complex (free) and see hundreds of objects representing the contributions made by African Americans to the development of North Carolina and America.

Explore the North Carolina Museum of Art's (free) African, African-American and Oceanic galleries.

Contact the Greater Raleigh CVB for a complete listing of the area's African-American heritage sites.


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Flip through the Official Visitors Guide online; you can request printed copies, too…more
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