Sunday May 2, 2021 the Greenbrier Historical Society will be offering a series of guided walking tours for groups of up to 8 people. Black History Walks will consist of nine tours offered in 15-minute intervals, with the first beginning at 1 P.M. and the last tour beginning at 3 P.M.. Guides will take visitors on a one mile walk of downtown Lewisburg where they will learn about the vast Black history of the town. The tour will visit historically Black business buildings and churches while teaching visitors about the people who inhabited these places. Learn about entrepreneurs like Anthony Carter who rented various workspaces in the 1840s. Be inspired by Nancy Perkins Calendar who ran the popular Calendar’s Restaurant for nearly forty years, or hear the story of Mildred Bess, a well-known clairvoyant famous for telling fortunes in town. With 17 stops along the way there is a rich history of Black resilience in a town that was complicit in the institution of slavery and later adopted Jim Crow laws and upheld segregation. Tours will last about 45 minutes and include walking up and down the rolling hills of downtown Lewisburg. Light refreshments and the opportunity to tour exhibits at the North House Museum will be provided at the end of each tour. In the event of rain, the walking tour will be held on Saturday May 8, 2021. Black History Walks is sponsored by the Herbert Henderson Office of Minority Affairs, Wooten, Davis, Hussell, and Johnson Attorneys at Law, and Ms. Katherine Vigneron of Alderson, WV.
Pre-sale tickets can be purchased online at Events & Exhibits (greenbrierhistorical.org) or by calling the museum at 304-645-3398. Tickets can also be purchased at the North House Museum the day of the event.