On February 19, at 7 pm, the Antiracism Ministry (ARM) will host a free community event honoring Raleigh’s “Black Main Street.” The event will include a talk by Ashley Adams, research historian in the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, and a viewing of historic photographs of the people and businesses throughout Raleigh’s 3rd Ward, i.e. “Black Main Street.” This thoroughfare, spanning from Wilmington Street to Hargett Street, once shaped the social and economic climate of downtown Raleigh. The discussion will focus on both the history and the lasting impact of this historic section of the capital city.
Adams is a graduate of North Carolina Central University. Her research has focused on unequal education, Black radicalism throughout the diaspora, and 20th century African American education throughout North Carolina. Currently, she is researching African American history and culture in Raleigh, with a special focus on Black economic empowerment. She regularly conducts walking tours of the 3rd Ward and the Pope House. To RSVP, or for more information, contact the Antiracism Ministry.