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.

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

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.”

North Carolina Poet Laureate Jaki Shelton Green

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.


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”.

The Underground Railroad in North Carolina

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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