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New project will tell the stories of slaves who constructed the North Carolina State Capitol building

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The project names over 130 enslaved African American workers and craftsmen who built and maintained the State Capitol in the 1800s. Officials are dedicated to naming these individuals and telling their stories through this new website.

The North Carolina State Capitol is holding a series of listening sessions as the historic site prepares to launch a new digital humanities initiative, currently titled “From Naming to Knowing: Uncovering Slavery at the North Carolina State Capitol.”

The project names over 130 enslaved African American workers and craftsmen who built and maintained the state capitol in the 1800s.

Most of the men worked on the building’s construction in the 1830s, either as laborers at the site or in the nearby State Quarry.

The capitol is dedicated to naming these individuals and telling their stories through this new website.

These sessions are free to attend and open to all, but guests are asked to RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/listening-sessions-for-uncovering-slavery-at-the-nc-state-capitol-tickets-428805096587 .

Those who register will receive further information about attendance, including a Zoom link to the virtual session.

Annette is originally a Midwest gal, born and raised in Michigan, but with career stops in many surrounding states, the Pacific Northwest, and various parts of the southeast. She has been involved in the media industry in eastern North Carolina for more than three years. An award-winning journalist and mother of four, Annette moved to ENC to be closer to family – in particular, her two young grandchildren. It’s possible that a -27 day with a -68 windchill in Minnesota may have also played a role in that decision. In her spare time, Annette does a lot of toddler and baby cuddling, reading, designing costumes for children’s theater and producing the coolest Halloween costumes anyone has ever seen. She has also worked as a diversity and inclusion facilitator serving school districts and large corporations. It’s the people that make this beautiful area special, and she wants to share those stories that touch the hearts of others. If you have a story idea to share, please reach out by email to westona@cravencc.edu.