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AAHCC's 5th Anniversary Celebration Gala

Juneteenth Week

June 13, 2024 at 10:30:00 PM

Flame Catering & Banquet Center, Neuse Boulevard, New Bern, NC, USA

Thanks to the work of the Founding Planning Committee, AAHCC became a 501 C 3 in June 2019. Our organization’s mission is “to actively present the historic impact and progression of African American heritage and culture in our region.”

Please join us as we celebrate the community we serve, and AAHCC's founding, current, and past members on Thursday, June 13th, 6:30pm at The Flame 2301 Neuse Blvd.Tickets for this event can be purchased at: for $25.00 

or checks can be mailed to AAHCC P.O. Box 1354, New Bern, NC 28563 by Monday, Jume 10th

                                                             Attire is dressy casual.

Heritage Celebration

Sankofa, an African American Musical Showcase with songs, dance and spoken word

June 11, 2021 at 11:30:00 PM

414 Pollock St, New Bern, NC 28560, USA

AAHC and New Bern Civic Theatre collabrated to present


An African American Musical Showcase with song, dance, and spoken word

Return to that which you have forgotten

was presented by the African American Heritage & Culture Center and New Bern Civic Theatre for three shows on June 11 & 12 @ 7:30pm and June 13 @ 2pm. Stay tuned for a repeat performance in 2022! 

Heritage Celebrations


June 19, 2019 at 10:00:00 PM

408 Hancock St, New Bern, NC 28560, USA

The evening started with Presentation of Colors by members of the 35th US Colored Troop Regiment and the national anthem. A choral performance by members of the Craven Community Gospel Choir was followed by an inspiring presentation of “The Story of the Emancipation Proclamation” by acting students J’Kahri Bryant, Sophie Oliver and Francine Robinson with Katherine Adolph.

Heritage Celebrations

Jazz & Blues History, A Musical Journey to Pass It On

October 12, 2019 at 7:30:00 PM

New Bern Arts & Wellness Center, 919 Broad Street, New Bern, NC

During the program “we‟ll travel through "America's Classical Music‟ Jazz as we present an historic glimpse into one of the musical genre‟s royals, The Duke," says Jacqueline. “Edward Kennedy (“Duke”)  Ellington traversed the early development of Jazz, and into its modernization, while greatly contributing to it as he mentored and promoted varied stylistic musical artists.”

Heritage Celebrations

North Carolina Poet Laureate Jaki Shelton Green

December 8, 2019 at 8:00:00 PM

New Bern Civic Theatre, 414 Pollock St, New Bern, NC 28560, USA

“Jaki Shelton Green is the first African American and third woman to be appointed as the North Carolina Poet Laureate. When he appointed her in 2018, Governor Copper stated that Jaki Shelton Green brings a deep appreciation of North Carolina’s diverse communities to her role as an Ambassador of North Carolina literature” said Ann Herndon, AAHCC Vice-President.

Heritage Celebrations


February 8, 2020 at 8:30:00 PM

St. Peter’s AME Zion Church, 617 Queen St, New Bern, NC 28560, USA

Presiding Elder Dr. Erlinda Dobson introduced guests to St.  Page 2 of 5 Peter’s Church Pastor Garry Slade who spoke of “hush harbors”, the secret and sacred places of worship for African American slaves pre-Emancipation. He spoke of St. Peter’s history as the first church in the South to join the AME Zion Church, its destruction during the Great Fire of 1922 and of its rebuilding, now being referred to as “The Mother Church”. His invitation is “the doors of St. Peter’s are open, and all are welcome to join us”.

Heritage Celebrations

The Underground Railroad in North Carolina

March 14, 2020 at 7:30:00 PM

St. Peter’s AME Zion Church, 617 Queen Street, New Bern

The audience will be engaged to share in the presentation and to learn more about this dark chapter of history in a creative way. With its many rivers, creeks, and seaports, the Maritime Underground Railroad was active in eastern North Carolina. This version of the Underground Railroad was so effective that runaway slaves often ran to the coast instead of heading north to reach freedom through overland routes

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