Monday, June 3, 2024

The State Archives to host a hybrid program on Peter Oliver research and a new Winston-Salem Commemorative Site

Jun 3, 2024

Celebrate Juneteenth with the State Archives and learn about a formerly enslaved North Carolina man who negotiated his way to freedom.

In the heart of Winston-Salem, N.C., lies the history, family, and legacy of Peter Oliver (1766–1810), whose life is documented with more than 30 records from three archives. The papers include one signing for his freedom, a type of eulogy when he died as a Moravian, and estate documents. They offer an understanding of his life in Salem and surrounding areas, where he lived and worked as a potter and much more. Oliver’s freedom story will be told in a new public space honoring him.  

Creative Corridors Coalition is planning the new public space to celebrate Oliver's life and legacy, as well as mark the site of his farm and homestead. North Carolina native Walter Hood, a world-renowned designer and landscape architect, designed the Peter Oliver Pavilion Gallery in collaboration with descendants of Peter Oliver.

George Jones Jr., an 8th-generation descendent will talk about the family’s lasting heritage and commitment to community, during an event scheduled for Thursday, June 13, from noon to 1:30 p.m. It will include a reception, courtesy of the Friends of the Archives.  

Register in advance for online participation: 

About the State Archives
The State Archives serves as the custodian of North Carolina's historical records, preserving and  providing public access to a wealth of archival materials. Through its diverse collections, educational programs, and exhibitions, the State Archives plays a crucial role in promoting an understanding and appreciation of North Carolina's rich historical legacy.
About the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources
The N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (DNCR) manages, promotes, and enhances the things that people love about North Carolina – its diverse arts and culture, rich history, and spectacular natural areas. Through its programs, the department enhances education, stimulates economic development, improves public health, expands accessibility, and strengthens community resiliency.
The department manages over 100 locations across the state, including 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, five science museums, four aquariums, 35 state parks, four recreation areas, dozens of state trails and natural areas, the North Carolina Zoo, the State Library, the State Archives, the N.C. Arts Council, the African American Heritage Commission, the American Indian Heritage Commission, the State Historic Preservation Office, the Office of State Archaeology, the Highway Historical Markers program, the N.C. Land and Water Fund, and the Natural Heritage Program. For more information, please visit

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