After years of delay, park honoring black North Carolinians to break ground this year

A park meant to honor the history, contributions and struggles of black North Carolinians is set to finally break ground in December.

One of the last hurdles was cleared Wednesday when the NC Historical Commission unanimously voted to approve the design and concept of the park.

Called North Carolina Freedom Park, it’s set to be located between the state legislature and the governor’s mansion at the intersection of Wilmington and Lane streets. It will be the first park dedicated to black North Carolinians at the state government complex.

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"North Carolina Freedom Park is a unique, arresting and original project,” said Reginald Hildebrand, a board member of the North Carolina Freedom Project. “At its center, a striking and inspiring structure called the beacon of freedom. Our public art and our public spaces define who we are as a society. As a community. They proclaim what we believe, what we value and what we aspire to achieve. This will be especially true for Freedom Park.”

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