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Peek at the Past

a peek at the past Learn more about this area’s rich and diverse past by checking out the links below. this month in new bern history historical markers new bern firsts battle of new bern african american heritage trail tours

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Fighting for Freedom

Refugees Fighting for Freedom By March of 1862, following the war, the African American population in New Bern swelled to almost 15,000, with the majority encamped across the Neuse River at James City. These black refugees worked together to create schools, aid societies, independent churches, and even formed an unofficial local militia. Click HERE to

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The Great Fire

Victims of the Great Fire of 1922 The Great Fire In 1922, the face of New Bern was forever changed. Over three thousand people were displaced in a fire that raged through the African American community, decimating hundreds of structures. The fire started at the Rowland Lumber Company on the banks of the Neuse River;

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Education for the Future

Education for the Future Following Emancipation, various organizations such as the Freedmen’s Bureau, White charities, and Northern missionary societies were the first to tackle the problem of widespread Black illiteracy; due to North Carolina’s education policies, however, they were impeded in their efforts. This trail stop tells the story of how Black New Bernians responded

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West Street

West Street On the western edge of Dryborough, West Street was home to important infrastructure for the New Bern Black community. The Good Shepherd hospital was erected at 603 West Street, which later became the Good Shepherd Home for Aged. Nearby was the first Black library at 608 West Street – the West Street Colored

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Craven Terrace

Homes deemed “unsafe or unsanitary” by the New Bern Housing Authority The History of Craven Terrace Taking advantage of Roosevelt’s New Deal, the New Bern Housing Authority (NBHA) assisted the city in acquiring land for two new public housing projects. Dwellings in White areas (Trent Court) could house only White tenants; the same was true

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