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African Americans in North Carolina
Total population
2,415,824[1] (2017)
Regions with significant populations
Charlotte, Durham, Fayetteville, Greensboro, Raleigh
Southern American English, African-American Vernacular English, Gullah, African languages
Black Protestant[2]
Related ethnic groups
African Americans, White Americans in North Carolina, Barbadian Americans, West Indian Americans, Barbadians
A black tenant farmer topping tobacco in North Carolina
An African American church in North Carolina.
African Americans at the Exterior of North Carolina State Fairgrounds on Opening Day
African American children in North Carolina

African-American North Carolinians or Black North Carolinians are residents of the state of North Carolina who are of African ancestry. As of the 2010 U.S. Census, African Americans were 22% of the state's population.[3] African enslaved people were brought to North Carolina during the slave trade.[4]


Main article: History of slavery in North Carolina

Slavery has been part of North Carolina's history since its colonization by white Europeans in the late 1600s and early 1700s. Many of the first black enslaved people in North Carolina were brought to the colony from the West Indies, but a significant number were brought from Africa. Records were not kept of the tribes and homelands of African enslaved people in North Carolina.[5]

African Americans in North Carolina suffered from racial segregation. Most white people in North Carolina sought to refine the Jim Crow system and retain systematic segregation.[6]

List of historic communities

Western North Carolina:


Abraham Galloway


See also


  1. ^ "North Carolina".
  2. ^ "Religious Landscape Study".
  3. ^ "North Carolina QuickFacts from the US Census Bureau". 2011. Archived from the original on January 19, 2014. Retrieved January 21, 2014.
  4. ^ "NCpedia | NCpedia".
  5. ^ "NCpedia | NCpedia".
  6. ^ "African Americans - Part 4: Segregation | NCpedia".
  7. ^ "History". Shiloh Community Association. Retrieved 2018-08-05.
  8. ^ "History". Shiloh Community Association. Retrieved 2018-08-05.
  9. ^ "More Than Biltmore | endeavors". Retrieved 2018-08-05.
  10. ^ "History of Cemetery". South Asheville Cemetery Association. Retrieved 2018-08-05.
  11. ^ "History". Traditional Voices Group. Retrieved 2023-11-18.
  12. ^ Black History Month – North Carolinians to Remember