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Sometime before 1824, the slave celebration of Jonkonnu spread to North Carolina from the Caribbean Islands. Jonkonnu is a unique Christmas celebration in which elaborate costumes are worn and distinctive dances are danced to celebrate the holiday. The tradition was transplanted to America with Caribbean slaves and became a custom in black communities until about 1900 when it was abandoned by African-Americans.
Most slaves in North Carolina came second-hand from other states since there was no deep-sea fleet for the state. Regardless, North Carolina accepted the institution of slavery; the author provides a brief history of slavery in the state.
Tim McMillan is an adjunct assistant professor of African and African American Studies. His upcoming book covers UNC’s relationship with slavery, and features Wilson Caldwell who served the university both as slave and paid employee.
North Carolina's coastal region is home to a rich African-American history with locations that reflect the highs and lows for this group during and after slavery. For example, the Great Dismal Swamp became a place of refuge for those seeking freedom before and during the American Civil War as part of the Maritime Underground Railroad. Other places on this route, such as Wilmington, are known for their role in slavery, while James City is known as a place populated by freed blacks.