African-American History

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Our 'African-American History' tour is available as an in-app purchase for $5.99.

African Americans were among the first Wilmingtonians and for much of the city’s history have comprised a significant portion, if not a majority, of its population. As such, African Americans played an important role in all aspects of the city’s development (economic, cultural, and otherwise). Both free & enslaved African Americans played crucial roles in building Wilmington into North Carolina’s largest antebellum city. After the Civil War, many of those talented tradesmen and artisans struck out on their own and found success. During Reconstruction, Wilmington became a mecca of economic opportunity for African Americans. A large black middle class emerged and formed their own civic and fraternal groups and established their own congregations. Wilmington was home to North Carolina’s first black attorney (George Mabson), first black doctor (Dr. James Francis Shober), and the nation’s first black professionally-trained architect, (Robert R. Taylor).

 

There are 32 stops on this tour, by far the most stops we’ve put on any tour. It will take you longer than the 2-3 hours typical of most tours. The first 18 stops on the northside of downtown (i.e. Market St). The next 9 are on the southside. The final 5 are on the edge of or outside of downtown and you’ll want to drive. We suggest you take this tour in 2 or 3 outings - or read the text and images from the comfort of your favorite chair (like a book).

Please note that this tour is also NOT narrated.

North side of downtown (walkable)

  • Foot of Market St. & enslaved Africans

  • Bellamy Mansion Slave Quarters

  • David Walker's & Walker's Appeal

  • Sadgwar House

  • Giblem Masonic Lodge & Wilmington Colored Library

  • Chestnut Street Presbyterian Church

  • St. Mark's Episcopal Church

  • Sampson-Roane House

  • Robert Robinson Taylor House

  • Central Baptist Church

  • The Green Book (& Payne's Tourist Home)

  • NC Mutual Life Insurance Company

  • St. Stephen A.M.E. Church

  • Campbell Square & Peabody School

  • First Baptist "Missionary" Church

  • Brooklyn Neighborhood

  • The Rail Road & the freedom of Cornelia Gould

  • City / Thalian Hall

 

South side of downtown (walkable)

  • St. Thomas Catholic Church

  • Orange St. Landing & the Underground Railroad

  • Yarborough House

  • St. Luke A.M.E. Zion Church

  • The Wilmington Record & 1898

  • Wilmington Journal

  • Gregory Institute & Congregational Church

  • Williston Graded School

  • Williston High & Middle Schools

 

On the edge of or outside of downtown (need to drive)

  • Hubert Eaton House

  • 1898 Monument & Memorial Park

  • Pine Forest Cemetery

  • USCT & Wilmington National Cemetery

  • Seabreeze (& Shell Island)