Upcoming events

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Off-site Event

February 26th, 2021 

Offsite: ECCO Building at Ebenezer United Church of Christ

734 Apple St.

Burlington, NC


Join us in celebrating #BlackHistoryMonth with our first 2022 event: A Night of History.


Root yourself in 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!


• $10 | Regular Admission

• $5 | Kids 13 & Under (purchase in-person)


Regular admission tickets may be purchased at the door or through Eventbrite here. For Kids' tickets, please bring your young ones to the AACAH Center during open hours for purchase (Thur, Fri, Sat | 10am - 5pm). Doors open at 2:30 pm. **Masks required!**

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Virtual Event
African American

February 12th, 2021 

Virtual: Visit alamancelibraries.org for more info!


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.

Zoom link TBA.


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Save the Date!
Women 2022

March 26th, 2021 

Location TBA


Now taking nominations for the 2022 Phenomenal Women awards.


Do you know of a phenomenal, Black woman artist, writer, poet, singer, educator, philanthropist, doctor, lawyer, director, social worker, community organizer, or all-around leader with ties to Alamance that you'd want to nominate?


Nominate a phenomenal woman by emailing us at aacahcenter@gmail.com. We want to make sure the Black women in our community get the recognition they deserve!


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.

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.

2019 Gospel Legends

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2018 Men & Music

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