Monday, February 13, 2017

Raleigh’s History through the Lens of Race

The CUCC group that is now studying the UCC White Privilege curriculum invites you to the following events in our area…

Oberlin Cemetery Clean-Up - Saturday, February 18

 Please help with a cleanup of historic Oberlin Cemetery on Saturday, February 18 from 9:00am to Noon. Oberlin Cemetery  served as a final resting place for people who by law could not be buried anywhere else. There are believed to be over 600 graves there, some still marked by gravestones marking the burials of freed black doctors, lawyers, artisans, teachers, ministers, and even a Buffalo Soldier, truly heroes of Raleigh and this country as well. Walking through the grounds is like turning through the pages of Raleigh history. The Friends of Oberlin Village recognize that if this cemetery is not preserved, a significant section of history will be forever lost. The cemetery is located at 1014 Oberlin Road (behind the InterAct of Wake County building).

       We want to protect cultural artifacts and avoid pulling out markers, so please check with the welcome table when you arrive for special instructions. Any of the following tools would be helpful to bring, but are not required: axes, steel rake, grubbing hoe, hand pruning saw, safety glasses, wheelbarrow, strong handle shovel. Please dress for the weather, we will go ahead rain or shine! Light refreshments and water will be provided.

A Community’s Legacy: African American History Walking Tour - Saturday, Feb. 18 or 25

The Pope House Museum is offering FREE walking tours in February that will explore the community surrounding the house and its rich history. As the only African-American house museum in the state of North Carolina, the Pope House offers a glimpse into the life of one of Raleigh’s most intriguing citizens, Dr. Manassa Thomas Pope, who was the only African-American man to run for mayor of a Southern capital in the midst of the Jim Crow Era.

      The house features original furnishings to the family and many historical artifacts giving insight into a remarkable man and family.
Each tour begins at the Pope House Museum, 511 S. Wilmington St. Raleigh.

     The following two dates are available: Saturday, February 18, 11:00am, and Saturday, February 25, 11:00am.  If you are interested in going as a group to tour the museum, please contact Śānti Matthews at or 919-809-8850.