Attend an event or festival. Scan the lists below to find an event(s) or festival(s) of interest to you and add it to your calendar and/or Raleigh Onboarding Planner. (Even better, see if you can volunteer!)
Join a club or group. Finding and connecting with others who share your heritage and/or interests is a tried-and-true way to begin to feel at home in a new city. You’ll find some groups listed below and others on social media.
Visit Mordecai Historic Park. A must-visit for every Raleighite, Mordecai Historic Park brings to life stories of the more than 200 enslaved people who lived and labored on the property between the American Revolution and the Civil War. Historic buildings include the Mordecai House (1785/1826), the overseer’s office and cure barn (1840), the Allen Kitchen and Ellen Mordecai Garden (1842), the Badge Iredell Law Office (1810), St. Mark’s Chapel (1847), and the birthplace of the 17thS. president, Andrew Johnson (1800).
Shaw University is the first historically Black institution of higher education in the South and is among the oldest in the nation, founded in 1865. Estey Hall, built in 1874, is the oldest building on campus and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. But Estey’s biggest claim to fame is that it was the first building constructed in the U.S. for the higher education of African American women.