Visit Winston-Salem


African American

Welcome Reception at the Winston-Salem Visitor Center

Enjoy complementary refreshments, featuring Winston-Salem’s own Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, in the Visitor Center, housed in the Historic Brookstown Mill. Visit Winston Salem will provide a Step-on-Guide.

Old Salem and St. Philips Moravian Church
Your first stop takes you through Old Salem, the Moravian Church town built by the city’s early inhabitants.  Founded in 1766, Salem has survived to become one of America’s most authentic and well-documented colonial sites.  Now a living history town where costumed interpreters demonstrate the household activities and trades of the 18th and early 19th centuries, Salem welcomes you into its homes, shops and gardens.

Walk through Old Salem and learn how about the rich history of African Americans in Salem.  Visit St. Philips Moravian Church, the state’s oldest standing African American church, is being restored as an interpretive site for the African American experience.

Diggs Gallery
View arts and exhibits and experience our community's vibrant African American culture.  With its 6,500 square feet of gallery space, Diggs offers hosts educational programs in a number of disciplines each year.

Take a guided tour of the sculpture garden and see the breathtaking Biggers Murals, Origins and Ascension, located in the O'Kelly Library on campus. These powerful works tower over you, standing more than 30 feet tall and 15 feet wide.

Lunch at Sweet Potatoes (Well Shut My Mouth) - A restaurant
Enjoy upscale southern cuisine at a local favorite, Sweet Potatoes, that continues to receive national attention.  The New York Times highlighted Sweet Potatoes Cornbread in Nov. 2014 as a perfect Thanksgiving recipe. Click here to see the story.   

Experience the Delta Fine Arts Center
The center has provided quality educational and cultural programming. Since its founding in 1972, the organization's goal has been to stimulate interest and pride in American arts and humanities, emphasizing the contributions of African-Americans.  Programs in the visual arts, music, literature, drama, history and folk arts are offered.

Visit the North Carolina Black Repertory Company, North Carolina’s first Black professional theatre company.  Founded in 1979, the company will be busily preparing for the 2013 National Black Theatre Festival, July 29 - August 3.  The Festival, hosted biennially in Winston-Salem, features more than 100 performances by the best black theatre companies in the world.  Participants can mingle with celebrities and take part in daily receptions, parades, films, poetry slams and more.

Dinner at one of Winston-Salem’s unique restaurants and then take advantage of our numerous evening activities.  See a performance by students of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts or catch a traveling show of today’s hottest sensations.  Unwind to the Winston-Salem Symphony or take a soothing walk through the Historic West End.  Tackle our tremendous shopping opportunities, from Hanes Mall to many one-of-a-kind galleries and boutiques.

Tour Mendenhall Plantation
Built in 1811, the Mendenhall Plantation is a wonderful example of Quaker architecture.  The Mendenhalls, like other Quakers, were against slavery.  The plantation tour features one of the few remaining false-bottomed wagons in the country, which was used to help slaves escape to the North through the Underground Railroad. 

Visit the Historic Oak Grove School
Tour this newly restored one-room schoolhouse, built for African American students in the early 1900s.  It now serves as a museum exhibiting furniture, fixtures and school-related items found in one-room schools.  Enjoy a special tour guided by former students who attended one-room schools.