Sharing more Destinations for Black History Month 2023
If you missed our first compilation of destinations to visit for Black History Month, you can check out our GTM blog here. Looking for more suggestions? We share four more spots that can teach you about Black history, immerse you in the culture and empower Black-owned businesses.
North Carolina Parks
The parks of North Carolina are steeped in history. The Cameron Art Museum in Wilmington has a new park commemorating the Battle of Forks Road and the US Colored Troops, who were pivotal in the Nation’s success over the Confederate Army. Next, visit Raleigh and the John Chavis Memorial Park, named after a free Black preacher and Revolutionary War veteran. This park was opened in 1937 as a “separate but equal” counterpart to Pullen Park. It features a carousel that is still in operation. Finally, check out the Gillespie Golf Course in Greensboro, which has a powerful history. The “Greensboro Six,” teed up at the course and were arrested and found guilty of trespassing. They took their case all the way to the US Supreme Court. The course was eventually destroyed by arson and reopened in 1962. IT is now a part of the N.C. Civil Rights Trail.
This Secret coast offers access to 12 unique communities and 62 miles of beaches. It is also the home to historical sites, art, music and experiences that honour its African American history. While visiting, follow the 2 Day African American Heritage Itinerary to explore the Biloxi Visitor Center, Lighthouses and museums. Visit the Gallery of African American Art, which features photography, sculptures and other mediums. You can walk through the replica of the Pleasant Reed House, named for the late Pleasant Reed. He was the first free Black man in Biloxi to build and own his home after the Civil War. The itinerary also takes you through places like Ship Island, St. Augustine Catholic Church and Seminary, Marian & Agony Grotto and the 100 Men Hall, all of which have ties to African American history.
This year is the 60th Commemoration of the bombing of Birmingham’s 16th Street Baptist Church. I visited the site with my son, Cameron a few years ago and highly recommend it. This bombing killed four little girls and launched Birmingham’s civil rights movement into the spotlight. You can visit the church and take a tour to learn about its history. In preparation for your visit, you can read “Dear Denise: Letters to the Sister I Never Knew,” written by Lisa McNair, sister of Denise McNair, the youngest victim of the bombing.
Black History Month in Chicago brings a focus on Black achievements, creativity and history. There’s lot to do within the city. Kick off your stay by visiting museum exhibits that highlight Black artists and historical events. The March is an immersive virtual reality exhibit at The DuSable Black History Museum and Education Center that takes you back to the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in 1963. After that, travel to The Southside Community Art Center to see The Promised Land – artwork exploring the Great Migration. There are several Tours and Talks throughout the city like the Frederick Douglass Tours at the American Writers Museum, which teach you about Douglass and other influential Black writers. If you’re in Chicago from February 12-26, 2023, you can celebrate Chicago Black Restaurant Week and dine at some culinary standouts of Black-owned restaurants.