Princeville Rich In African American History

By: Christine Kennedy
By: Christine Kennedy

Princeville is the oldest African American incorporated town in the United States. The town has been through many ups and downs. One of the most recent disasters was the flood of 1999 in the aftermath of Hurricane Floyd.

Now people in the community say they are continuing to rebuild and create a new place where they can live and thrive as a community. There's a new town hall, homes, and streets. One of the latest projects in the works is a museum of history. The building was renovated and now the next step is choosing the artifacts and pictures that will go in there. The mayor of the town says the goal of the museum is to remember and celebrate the towns history.

The mayor says the next step for the town is trying to bring back more businesses and stores to the area.


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  • by AYINEBORNO Location: WAKE FOREST, NC on Mar 9, 2009 at 07:17 AM
    Some of the comments here are unfair. I know plenty of towns that receive "tax payers" dollars. Why should Princeville not receive their fare share of tax funds?I've always wondered how a predominant white town maintained the town. Now, I know that these towns also took tax payers funds develop and maintain the upkeep. So, honestly, do we have room to critique harsh judgements on African-American historical towns? In fact, white america has been getting more than their share from corporate welfare to war fare! Ayineborno Anasine Queen Mother
  • by history lover Location: enc on Feb 21, 2009 at 11:17 PM
    A positive way of looking at this people is that not only is this Black American History but North Carolina History. Appreciate it. Oh and to give you a little additional history that is being made now. There is an actress whose grandmother resides in Scotland Neck NC that played "Queenie" in Benjamin Button. Her name Taraji P. Henson. I heard an interview on NPR.
  • by Surprised Location: New York on Feb 19, 2009 at 11:16 AM
    Wow. So many of you seem so angry... Get a grip! African Americans have a right to celebrate who they are because of all the trials they have overcome. I'm from NY so I have no clue about this town but I'm sure the people are doing the best they can. Respect this month. RESPECT all who enjoy it.
  • by Tad Location: Jamesville on Feb 15, 2009 at 09:02 AM
    Princeville is a town full of recipients, state and federal dollars support these slackers. As always Floggie, you don't let facts get in the way of your good old tired misconceptions and archaic mindset.
  • by Alex Location: Vanceboro on Feb 5, 2009 at 08:19 AM
    This is a town that lives off the tax money of other people
  • by Hater on Feb 5, 2009 at 08:19 AM
    Black History Month is a joke!
  • by Nunya Location: NC on Feb 5, 2009 at 07:56 AM
    What would happen if a town called itself a White American town?
  • by Get real Location: NC on Feb 5, 2009 at 04:13 AM
    It's funny how we can give all this tax money to a little cesspool of a town when they don't even plan its use well enough to have "artifacts" ready for their museum. I do have some suggestions though. We should put the town manager's indictments for mismanagement of money, pictures of the drugs dealers posted up on the corners, and other REAL examples of the "history" behind Princeville.
  • by This dog smokes on Feb 4, 2009 at 11:28 PM
    Who will end up paying for this museum of history and those artifacts ?
  • by fed up Location: greenville on Feb 4, 2009 at 09:09 PM
    they should be rich, doesn't look like much has been rebuilt with the millions received after floyd. Somebody got rich!
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