African American Heritage Tour Launches at Jarvisburg School

Currituck County citizens are invited to the Historic Jarvisburg Colored School on Saturday, June 19, 2021 from 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. to celebrate Juneteenth and the official launch of the new African American Experience of Northeast North Carolina heritage tour.  Reverend Curtis Brinkley, Pastor of Corinth Missionary Baptist Church, will speak and a special musical performance will be shared by Dr. Walter Swan, Associate Professor of Visual and Performing Arts at Elizabeth City State University. The Historic Jarvisburg Colored School is located at 7300 Caratoke Hwy., Jarvisburg, North Carolina, 27947.

The African American Experience of Northeastern North Carolina (AAENENC) is a collaborative project between six North Carolina counties that include Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Pasquotank, and Perquimans. Each has significant sites important to the African American community and to the history of the counties. The AAENENC brings these sites together in an organized way to create a “trail” to those interested in discovering this heritage.

The sites in Currituck County are the Historic Jarvisburg Colored School, Corinth Baptist Church, and Benjamin Bowser’s gravesite. Benjamin Bowser was a surfman at the Pea Island Lifesaving Station. In the future, more sites in Currituck and the other counties will be developed and added to the AAENENC heritage tour. There is much to tell about the diverse history and experiences in all six counties.