Princeville Homecoming: Bringing Black Wall Street Back to the Farmers of the South

August 26, 2019

Written by Shannon Oliver 

This article is a reprint from the original post of August 2019

We’re ecstatic to bring you the first ever Princeville Homecoming event! In August 2022, we’re hosting the Black Farm Tour through eastern North Carolina that will end with a festival-like gathering in Princeville, NC: a town formed by newly-freed “slaves” after the Emancipation Proclamation and the end of the Civil War.

This event isn’t just about having a good time. We’re promoting health, by offering a 46, 66 or 100 mile bicycle tour (distance includes a tour of historic Princeville, NC).

Not sure if you’ll be able to hang?

If you don’t think you can hang, no worries, you’ve got almost a full year to get ready! Get back on your bike! While you’re getting ready include us on your journey by using hashtage #princevillehomecoming in your updates. We’d love to create a community of support around your efforts to get ready so we get to know each other before the event.

Don’t want to bike? Just come out and join us for the event after. There will be a DJ and libations from black owned craft beer breweries and wineries We want this to feel like a true homecoming. Bring your lawn chairs, wear your family reunion/HBCU/business t-shirt, network, and enjoy!

“If there’s one thing I believe in, it’s the power of African Americans

to support one another.” – Dr. Lisa Nelson, Organizer

Triangle Bikeworks is a youth empowerment organization using the bike and history as a means for growth and development. You support them when you register for the Black Farm Tour.

A Strong Legacy

One of life’s precious gifts is resilience. And we are a resilient people. Princeville has a rich history

of displaying the resilience of our people. As the first town in US history to be incorporated by formerly enslaved African Americans you can be a part of its resurgence.

“Despite the rich historical legacy of the Town of Princeville it still goes unrecognized. Its significance in American history remains largely uncelebrated.” – Dr. Lisa Nelson, Organizer

We want you to join us as we promote the history of the Town of Princeville as the original Black Wall Street and spark economic growth, bring vitality to the town and create a hub for Black enterprise. Princeville sits adjacent to the Tar River and, due to the elevation, has flooded many times over the years which has also caused strain on the community. Princeville Homecoming will foster an awareness of Princeville that facilitates lobbying for necessary infrastructure support and investment.

Our Goals

  • To promote the Town of Princeville as tourist, business and relocation destination
  • To encourage entrepreneurship in the Princeville community
  • To promote networking and collaboration to facilitate the lobbying needed to establish the infrastructure needed to support economic growth.
  • To eventually develop the area as an incubator hub for Black business, Black culture, agribusiness, tech and health

NC Black Farms

Black farmers now make up less than 2% of all farmers in the United States. Black sales represented 0.2 percent of total U.S. agriculture sales, and black-operated farmland accounted for 0.4 percent of U.S. farmland. 86% of farms with a black principal operator had fewer than 180 acres in 2012, and 79 percent had sales of less than $10,000.

Access to affordable, healthy food is vital for the empowerment of the black community. That’s why it’s so important for Princeville Homecoming to work alongside NC black owned farms.

The portrayal of a flood prone town makes onlookers believe Princeville is nothing more than swamp land and not worth the resources needed to rebuild. What isn’t shared enough is the negligence and politics that lead to the most recent floodings. But most importantly the history and perseverance of the people of Princeville is not widely known.

“African Americans have lost millions of acres of farmland across the South during the last century, in a trend propelled by economic forces, racism and white economic and political power.” – John Yang, PBS

Golden Organic Farm, one of our partners working to change this statistic, will be hosting a bonfire/gathering on the farm. Together, we’ll offer a Black Farmer’s Market, connecting people with black-owned farms near them.

We’ll dive deep into the history of Princeville, the importance of black owned businesses, and healthy lifestyles here on the blog. Stay connected by subscribing. We’ll post event updates here, as well.

We hope you will join us on August 6, 2022 for community building, a little exercise, and a whole lot of fun!

Homecoming is homegrown, vertically integrated, honoring the past and building the future.

It’s not just an event it’s a movement!

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