A 19th century black and white photograph of a family living in the Freedmen's Colony on Roanoke Island. The portrait includes two men, two women and four children.

Honoring Juneteenth and the Freedmen’s Colony on Roanoke Island

This year, our nation will observe the 156th anniversary of Juneteenth (June 19), the day enslaved African Americans in Galveston, Texas, finally learned they were freed.  Although President Abraham Lincoln issued his Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, and the Civil War ended in April 1865, men, women and children who were enslaved in Texas did not..

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Tuskegee Airmen Freemen Field Bomber Crew in front of airplane

The Tuskegee Airmen: A Legacy of Excellence and Perseverance

This month, we join the National Park Service and park partners around the country to celebrate Black History Month. Your OBX National Parks are vitally important to Black history in the United States, and your park staff work diligently to ensure these stories are preserved and shared with generations to come.  Recently, Ranger Ashley from..

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An Unlikely Friendship: Paul Laurence Dunbar and the Wright Brothers

This month, we join with the National Park Service in celebrating and honoring Black History Month by sharing stories about African American history in the Outer Banks and in our Outer Banks national parks. In 1890 at a small rural high school in Dayton, Ohio, an unlikely friendship was struck up between Paul Laurence Dunbar,..

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Hatteras Island’s Unique Role in African American History

This month, we join with the National Park Service in celebrating and honoring Black History Month by sharing stories about African American history in the Outer Banks and in our Outer Banks national parks.  Cape Hatteras National Seashore is famous for its lighthouse, its pristine beaches, its fishing spots and its waves. But what you..

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A historical black and white photograph of Freedmen's Colony students and their teacher standing in front of the Freedmen's School on Roanoke Island.

A Mirror to the Past, A Map to the Future: The Freedmen’s Colony at Fort Raleigh National Historic Site

This month, we join with the National Park Service in celebrating and honoring Black History Month by sharing stories about African American history in the Outer Banks and in our Outer Banks national parks.  Note: Virginia Tillett passed away on October 7, 2021. We are indebted to her for her kindness and generosity in sharing..

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