Topics Related to African American History

Established in 1887 to educate African Americans in western N.C. Emerged as residential preparatory school for Black women. Was 1/3 mi. E until 1974.

Pioneer Black comedian, social and civil rights activist, 1920’s-1974. Born Loretta Aiken, she grew up 1/5 mi. W.

Est. 1892 as center of social, moral, religious influence for blacks working at Biltmore. Businesses thrived in building 100 yards S.

First black to serve in Congress. Native of N.C. Mississippi senator, 1870-1871. Operated own barbershop here, 1840s.

Old-time musician and song collector. African American, he collaborated with the Carter Family, 1928-37. Grave 1/4 mi. S.

Black civil rights leader. Advocate for armed self-defense. He broadcast “Radio Free Dixie,” 1961-1965, from exile in Cuba. Birthplace was ½ mile S.

African American artist and writer. Many of his collages were inspired by childhood memories of N.C. Born 1 block N.W.

Baptist minister vital to growth of church in N.C. Founder of Mount Zion Church (1867), which is one block W.

Born in West Africa's Gold Coast (now Ghana), James Emman Kwegyir Aggrey enrolled at Livingstone College in 1898 & later joined the faculty. In 1920 he returned to Africa where he influenced the course of post-colonialism. In 1905 Aggrey married Rose Douglass, teacher long active across the state in groups advocating education, social welfare, & racial harmony. This was their home.

Presbyterian. Est. 1867 by Luke Dorland to educate Negro women, Scotia Seminary merged in 1930 with Barber Memorial Institute. Coed since 1954.