State's first lady visits Edenton;

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First Lady Kristin Cooper (left) receives a copy of Harriet Jacob's “Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl" from Historic Edenton State Historic Site Manager Bob Hopkins on Thursday at the 1767 Chowan County Courthouse.


Chowan Herald

Sunday, February 3, 2019

EDENTON — North Carolina’s First Lady Kristin Cooper visited Edenton on Thursday to participate in a program on the history and exploration of the slave trade in North Carolina.

The state’s first lady was accompanied by members of the African American Heritage Commission and North Carolina’s ninth Poet Laureate Jaki Shelton Green.

After a luncheon at the Inner Banks Inn, the group took a guided, Harriet Jacobs Tour by Interpretation Coordinator Andrew Cole, with the Historic Edenton State Historic Sites. The walking tour covers five places mentioned in Jacobs’ narrative “Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl.” Site Manager Bob Hopkins presented Cooper with a copy of the Jacobs’ narrative.

The group also visited Beverly Hall before attending the Africa to Carolina Carolina Community Meeting at the 1767 Chowan County Courthouse.

The meeting was led by Janeen Bryant of Facilitate Movement, LLC, and included a presentation by N.C. African American Heritage Commission Acting Executive Director Angela Thorpe.

The Africa to Carolina Initiative serves to identify, acknowledge and mark sites in North Carolina where enslaved Africans disembarked directly from the African continent. The meeting also sought explore local connections to the slave trade and enslaved peoples’ disembarkation, and  to discuss the legacies of, and commemoration around, U.S. slavery in North Carolina.