McDowell County Public Library

Black History Month

In honor of Black History Month, explore some of the history, arts, and achievements made by notable African-Americans.

Exploring North Carolina:  African American History (NCpedia)

Discover the history and heritage of African Americans in North Carolina from the colonial era to the present day.  The database covers a selection of resources on important topics and events, including: biographies; the art and cultural heritage of African Americans in the state; slavery and the ante-bellum era; the struggle for citizenship and civil rights; business and educational leadership; politics; and historic sites and monuments.

North Carolina native, Nina Simone

The Rich Heritage of African Americans in North Carolina

(State of NC publication)
A .pdf guide created by the State of North Carolina to explore the history of the African American community in our state. Includes a reference map as well as a listing of historic and cultural sites.

Exlpore these other resources from NC Live


Twentieth-Century African American Poetry
62 of the most important African-American poets of the last century: Langston Hughes, Jean Toomer, Imamu Amiri Baraka, Audre Lorde and Rita Dove.

African American Poetry
Poems from 1750-1900 including Lucy Terry Prince, Phillis Wheatley, Jupiter Hammon, Paul Laurence Dunbar, and more.

The African-American Mosaic Exhibition (Library of Congress)
A Library of Congress Resource Guide for the Study of Black History and Culture, covering colonisation, abolition, migrations, and the WPA.

Civil Rights Movement- ProQuest eLibrary
A collection of articles, encyclopedia entries, photographs, movies, and recordings that explores the Civil Rights Movement.  Note: You’ll need your library card number to access this resource.

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    Marion Library

    Mon, Wed, Fri: 10-5:30
    Tue, Thu: 10-7
    Saturday: 11-5
    Sunday: Closed
    Holiday Hours

    Old Fort Library

    Monday: Closed
    Tues: 10-7
    Wed, Fri: 10-5:30
    Thursday: 10-7
    Saturday: 11-5
    Sunday: Closed
    Holiday Hours

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    Marion Library

    Phone 828-652-3858
    Fax 828-652-2098

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    Phone 828-668-7111
    Fax 828-668-4013

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    Marion Library

    90 W Court St
    Marion, NC 28752

    Old Fort Library

    65 E Mitchell St
    Old Fort, NC 28762