CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Charlotte’s history is a southern one and dates back to 1755.
Living here in the south, there’s still vivid evidence of the past, which was filled with sorrow and triumph.
Through the month of February Queen City Tours offers their Charlotte Black/African-American Heritage Tour and Pilgrimage.
In its 14th year, the three hour tour starts in uptown and takes you to over 50 sites, covering 30 miles of Mecklenburg County.
One of the highlights of the tour is a visit to Hopewell Presbyterian Church, one of the first built in the county. It’s the place where the wealthiest plantation owners went to worship, along with their slaves.
You’ll see tombstones of some of the famous names around Charlotte, like General Davidson and John Betties. The tour will also take you to three slave cemeteries where stories are told of the slaves as people and who they were when they were alive as well as how they died.
The tour is meant to be educational, but likely will be emotional.
Jay Wipple, the founder of The Charlotte Black/African-American Heritage Tour and Pilgrimage says, although it may be painful, it’s important to keep telling stories from the past.
“So we never forget,” Whipple said. “Because when you forget, history has a way for repeating itself. There are folks that think that it’s long gone and it’s never going to happen again. ”
The Charlotte Black/African-American Heritage Tour and Pilgrimage is only offered through the month of February on Saturdays through February 25.
The tour is a fundraiser for scholarships and tickets start at just $15. For more information visit charlottepilgrimagetour.com.