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About Us

"Harriet Tubman”, Michael Rosato 2019 Mural




AAHC was started in early 2018 by a small group of community leaders.  Interested in promoting African American heritage, they were a cross-section of organization leaders, elected officials, religious leaders, long-time New Bern residents, individuals, relatively new to the region, and educators. Their passion and resolve led to the formation of this nonprofit organization.

The AAHC mission is to present the historic impact and progression of African American heritage and culture in our region.

AAHC introduces is Board and 2021 Officers:

Carol Bonner Becton-President, Tahira Copland,             James Copland IV - Treasurer, Rick Fisher-Vice President,   Joy Harsen, Talina Massey, Dre' Nix - Secretary, and Mike Williams.

February 2020 Community Forum, St. Peter’s AME Zion Church

AAHC Board Members with Guest Speakers and Presenter


In Summer 2020 AAHC established its founding Board of Advisors.

Jacqueline B. Atkinson, Sabrina Bengel, Mark Best, 

Valerie Taylor Best, Maria Cho, D'Aja Fulmore,

Bernard George, Jaki Shelton Green, Lynne Harakel, Jameesha Harris, Edward (Lee) Hood, Gerry King,

Nelson McDaniel, Mickey Miller, George Oliver,
Jaki Shelton Green, Larry Rosenstrauch,

Reverend Garry Slade, Timothy Thompson, Ben Watford


Carrie Gallagher, Executive Director

Gayle Albertini, Gayleforce Design,

Design & Marketing Manager

Edward Lee Hood, Art Exhibition Curator


AAHC is honored to work with program partners, granting foundations and agencies.

St. Peter's AME Zion Church


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ADDRESS: PO BOX 1354, NEW BERN, NC, 28563-1354

PHONE: 252.665.0087

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