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Upcoming events

Past 2022 events

4TH annual
Gospel Legends

October 15th, 2022

Offsite: 734 Apple St. Burlington, NC


Make sure to save the date for our 4th Annual "Gospel Legends" event! This annual event, which began in 2018, showcases Black gospel and celebrates its deeply moving music performed by experienced and emerging local artists: soloists, groups, bands, and choirs.

Get Tickets Here!

Visit the 2021 Event page here!



See Pics Here!

AACAHC will host auditions for local talent — We're looking for actors, musicians, dancers, artists, and entertainers of all kinds and all ages! We'll be celebrating and recognizing our local Black talent.

We are looking to send 1 Alamance-based entertainer on an expense-paid trip to NYC for a chance to audition at the World Famous Apollo Theatre for Amateur Night! ​$10 audition fee.

Visit the Event page here!                                 See Sponsorship levels here!

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3rd annual
Men & Music

June 25th, 2022

Offsite: Location TBA


Make sure to save the date for our 3rd Annual "Men & Music" event! We'll be celebrating and recognizing the achievements of the musicians in our community.

Visit the Event page here!

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off-site event
Women 2022

March 26th, 2022 

12 - 2 pm. Doors open at 11:30 am.

Free Event


Vailtree Event Center

1567 Bakatsias Ln.

Haw River, NC

Phenomenal Women recognizes Black women leaders in Alamance County—artists, writers, poets, singers, educators, philanthropists, doctors, lawyers, directors, social workers, community organizers.

Join us in honoring these leaders—Pre registration to attend this event is required! (Click here to register)

Learn more at the Event Page by clicking here.


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April 2nd, 2022

9 am - 12 pm

This is a Virtual Event!


AACAHC and the Alamance Racial Equity Alliance (AREA) are organizing a virtual introduction to racial equity: "Groundwater Presentation" hosted by the Racial Equity Institute (REI). *Pre-Registration is required!*

Register here:

This virtual Groundwater Presentation by REI will provide Alamance-based participants with critical knowledge about the impact of systemic and institutional racism in our society including areas such as education, healthcare, and criminal justice.

For questions and accessibility requests, please contact This program is funded in-part by the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation.

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Off-site Event

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February 26th, 2022

Offsite: ECCO Building at Ebenezer United Church of Christ


The 3rd Annual #BlackHistoryMonth event: "A Night of History" celebrated African American roots by showcasing rich, inspiring, African traditions with the DON Foli African Drums/Dancing Ensemble; immerse in history as Diane Faison performs a captivating monologue as Harriet Tubman; and more!

Learn + see more at the Event Page by clicking here.

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Virtual Event
African American

February 12th, 2022

Virtual: Visit for more info!

Zoom link:


Free Event! Share your own words, read the words of your favorite African American authors (or poets, philosophers, etc), or join in just to listen.


Past 2021 events

3rd annual

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November 13, 2021 

Mayco Bigelow Community Center 


The 3rd Annual Gospel Legends event celebrated Black gospel through local artist performances. Performers included Jae Emmanuel, Voices For Christ, Beyond Blessed, The Faithful Heirs, and Marcus Williams.

Learn + see more at the Event Page by clicking here.

Stories Of Alamance


December 4, 2021 

Elon University


This oral history + digital storytelling project is a collaboration between AACAHC, Elon University + the Mayco Bigelow Community Center. The purpose of this project is to record, preserve, and present stories from and about people and places in Burlington’s African American communities.

Learn + see more at the Event Page by clicking here.

Freehand market


December 16, 2021 

Freehand Market


Freehand Market in Saxapahaw donated 20% of every purchase on 12/16 to the #AACAHCenter.


Freehand is a sustainable goods + gift boutique shop located in the mill village in the heart of Saxapahaw, NC. This store is all about ethical, low-waste, local + handmade products—so bring your holiday gift list with you! Shop at Freehand + learn more by clicking here.

2019 Gospel Legends

2018 Men & Music

Past events and exhibits

The African-American Cultural, Arts & History Center remains grateful for the various support that it receives from the community at large, County Commissioners, City of Burlington, May Memorial Library, North Park Library, Elon University, and Alamance Community College.  Because of your support, Alamance County has an active organization, vital, historical center that is making the connection between Alamance County’s African-American past and present through educational and public programs, exhibits and special events. The Center’s collection supports telling the County’s African-American history from its inception to present day.

Soulful Sounds of History

We Speak Your Name

Wyatt Outlaw


February 10, 2018 

May Memorial Library 


"Soulful Sounds of History" celebrated the Famous Flames. The famouse flames topped the Billboard Charts in the 1960's and included two local legends, Bobby Bennett and J.C. Davis. 

March 9, 2018 

May Memorial Library


Alamance County is home to many phenomenal women who have made great strides in the community. On March 9th we had the privilege of honoring 50 of these woman.

April 5 - April 14, 2018 



In April we launched our Wyatt Outlaw Exhibit. He was the first African American to be elected to be Town Commissioner and Constable of the town of Graham. He was brutally murdered by the Klu Klux Klan in 1870. 

A Troubled Legacy

Men & Music

Gospel Legends


May 19, 2018 

Union Chapel Church of Christ 


During the integration of public schools in 1969, black students from Jordan Sellars were being sent to Williams High School. Soon after, riots broke out and Leon Mebane, a black student, was killed. His murder remains unsolved. On May 19th, we gathered to watch a documentary on these riots to commemorate Leon Mebane.


June 9, 2018 

Paramount Theater 


Alamance County is home to many distinguished men, we celebrated their accomplishments and honored them at our Men & Music Event


October 13, 2019

Paramount Theater


An afternoon of celebration and education of our local gospel artist.

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