Black History Symposium

Black History Symposium in Southport-Oak Island NC
Feb 9 2019 -
10:00am to 5:00pm

Stop by the Southport Community Building to view local black history on display throughout the weekend. This year's presenter, Donnie Joyner, is an amateur North Carolinian Black History researcher and historian. The event is free and open to the public; however, donations are appreciated.

February 9th: 

10 a.m. – Black History Exhibit Opening

11 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Sweet Basket Demonstration, by Kisha Kinard.

2 – 3 p.m. – African American History and Culture in Southport, by Lisa Anderson. Come and share your Southport stories.  Following the discussion, walk next door to the Fort Johnston/Southport Museum to preview the Southport Historical Society’s new exhibit, African American History and Culture in Southport.  The purpose of this exhibit series is to cultivate awareness and appreciation of the significant contributions of African Americans in Southport by advocating, showcasing, and preserving the art and history through memorabilia, photographs, and objects relating to the African American experience that helped to shape our community.

3 - 5 p.m. – African American History and Culture in Southport, Southport Historical Society Museum Exhibit Opening, Fort Johnston/Southport Museum

5 p.m. – African Americans in the U. S. Navy during the Civil War, by Mike Powell, the current President and Director of the Brunswick Civil War Round Table, Southport, NC. Mr. Powell will recount the story of how African-Americans went from slavery to enlisted sailor in the US Navy over period of 125 days, in 1861.  He will compare the experiences of those freedom seekers who served in the US Army to those who joined the Navy and the many roles they played, from providing valuable intelligence to being awarded the Medal of Honor.

Address: Southport Community Building, 223 E Bay Street, Southport, NC