James City: Established For Freed Slaves

We are continuing to highlight Black history in the East this month. Wednesday's story is about a Craven County community established in 1863 as a camp for former slaves. In 1863 when President Abraham Lincoln freed slaves in America, many had no place to go. But when change came to Craven County, many slaves went to a camp set up specifically for former slaves. You know that place as James City. Cotton farming remained a mainstay for blacks in Craven County. According to county officials, Craven County had the highest number of freed blacks in North Carolina after the Emancipation Proclamation.