The History of Black Business in Eastern North Carolina

This was sent to me from Barton College:

“The History of Black Business in Eastern NC ”  

featuring Laurel Sneed

Thursday, January 28, 6-7:30 p.m.

Barton College, Hackney Library

Wilson, NC

 

Join us for an evening with history educator, researcher, and media producer Laurel Sneed for a lecture and discussion of the African-American business tradition during the era of slavery and in the decades afterward. After viewing video clips of an interview with historian Dr. Juliet E.K. Walker, author of The History of Black Business in America, Ms. Sneed will briefly discuss black business activity in Eastern NC during and after slavery and will review three outstanding examples of the 19th century African–American business tradition in our state: Lunsford Lane, an enslaved tobacconist from Raleigh; Thomas Day, a free black furniture maker from Milton; and John Merrick, a brick mason, barber shop owner and co-founder of North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company. Merrick was born into slavery in Clinton and after Emancipation he moved to Durham where he became a highly successful business man. Early twentieth century photographs of the thriving business district on East Nash Street will be on display, courtesy of the Freeman Round House Museum of African American History. There will be time for questions, comments, discussion, and sharing of memories.

 

Join us for an evening with educator, researcher, and media producer/film-maker Laurel Sneed for a lecture and discussion on the history of black-owned businesses in eastern North Carolina, with a focus on Wilson. Ms. Sneed’s presentation will include her own original research, and video clips of an interview with historian Dr. Juliet E.K. Walker, author of The History of Black Business in America. Early twentieth century photographs of the thriving business district on East Nash Street will be on display, courtesy of the Freeman Round House Museum of African American History. There will be ample time for questions, comments, discussion, and sharing of memories.

 

Co-sponsors so far include: the Barton College Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the Minority Student Association, the Oliver Nestus Freeman Round House Museum, the Wilson Chamber of Commerce, the North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church/ Living the Word, Barton College School of Business, Larry and Carroll Gaissert, and Hackney Library. It includes a catered reception, and is open to the public.

 

Laurel Sneed is an educator, researcher,  and media producer/film-maker based in Durham, North Carolina. In 1995 she led the research effort that discovered Thomas Day’s origins and parentage  in southern Virginia. Since then she has produced  a broad range of materials and media on Thomas Day, as well as on other African American historical topics. In addition, she has been director of the Crafting Freedom teacher workshops which have brought over 400 teachers to North Carolina to study black artisans, entrepreneurs and abolitionists who contributed to the making of North Carolina and our country. Sneed makes presentations throughout the United States  on Thomas Day and a broad variety of subjects mostly related to American history and improving the teaching of it.

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