Do you know... about New Berns African American heritage?
New Bern, N.C., has a strong and distinguished African American heritage. In the 1700s, it became known as a popular town for both slaves and free blacks. By 1860 free blacks comprised nearly 13 percent of New Bern’s population (by far the greatest number of free blacks in any North Carolina city or town).
New Bern’s bustling port offered many opportunities. Thousands of slaves who freed themselves during the Civil War poured into New Bern. Free black craftsmen built many of the town’s handsome houses and buildings. You can see their handiwork and learn about prominent blacks in New Bern’s history on its African American Heritage walking tour.
To download the tour map, visit visitnewbern.com/pdfs/african_american_tour.pdf.