Pender County African American Heritage Trail

The Pender County African American Heritage Trail is a collaborative effort between communities and historians to educate residents & visitors on the rich African American History in Pender County. The trail features prominant locations, events, & people.

Pender County African American Heritage Trail

Hampstead, North Carolina 28443, United States

Created By: Pender County Tourism

Tour Information

The Pender County African American Heritage Trail features locations throughout Pender County that are important to our culture and history. Historians and community members are coming together to bring to life the stories, histories, and events of the Black community from the time of the Revolutionary War to the Civil Rights Movement and beyond. The trail features locations, events, and people that had a great impact on the development of Pender County and in some cases the United States of America. This will be a forever-evolving project that will educate our community and visitors on the important but almost forgotten history of generations of Pender County African American residents and their ancestors.

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What You'll See on the Tour

Visit the Museum to learn about Ocean City NC, the first Beach area available to African American's in NC.  Located at 720 Channel Blvd. The one-mile stretch of land known as Ocean City between North Topsail Beach and Surf City was once ow... Read more
Sloop Point Elementary School is one of the only Rosenwald Schools left standing the North Carolina.  It is settled next to the Manhollow Missionary Baptist Church and is an important landmark to the Edgecomb Community.  The following is ... Read more
The Edgecomb community north of Surf City is home to the Manhollow Missionary Baptist Church and the Sloop Point School.  The following is an excerpt from Curtis Hardison's manuscript who is a direct descendent of Tuney and Janey, first ge... Read more
Poplar Grove Plantation, once the largest peanut farm in North Carolina, has an interesting legacy. Joseph Mumford Foy built a manor house on more than 2,000 acres in what is known today as Scotts Hill in Pender County. Foy was a staunch Un... Read more
The orginal location of the Pender County Training School is located just inside the community of Rocky Point NC.  Though the orginal structures are no longer safe for visitors the Alumni Association located on Shaw Hwy have collected year... Read more
Even though Howard Lee isn’t from Pender County he has been monumental in the creation of the NC Mountains-to-Sea Trail which runs through Pender County and the Holly Shelter Game Lands. Lee is considered the ‘Father’ of the 1,200 mil... Read more
Historic Macedonia African Methodist Episcopal Church located at 300 N Walk St. in Burgaw NC; 141 years old. Organized January 27, 1880. on the corner of North Walker and East Ashe Streets on one half-acre plot of land given by Wilmington a... Read more
The Pender County Courthouse has witnessed its fair share of drama over the years, but in the 1970s it gained international attention as the site of the trial of the Wilmington Ten. The Wilmington Ten were nine young Black men and one white... Read more
The Pender County Historical Society Museum features exhibits that tell the untold stories of the African American Community.  Featuring exhibits about the Rosenwald School Program including a focus on Canetuck Community Center, one of th... Read more
Old Stage Road runs through Moores Creek National Battlefield has been referred to many names over the years including the Road to the Battle of 1776 and Negro Head Point Road.  It wound its way from the waters of the Cape Fear Rivers to c... Read more
Prior to 1922, the only school available to African American children in the Canetuck community of southeastern North Carolina was an old lodge building where classes were held sporadically. Many were glad to be part of the first class to e... Read more


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