Orange County is celebrating Black History month with a variety of local events to educate the community and honor important historical figures.
UNC-Chapel Hill will host its 14th annual African American History Month Lecture, this year's speaker is Dr. Gerald Horne. Horne studies civil rights, labor history and film representation of African Americans.
The lecture is on Feb. 21 at the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History.
The Burwell School Historic Site in Hillsborough is taking not just the month but the entire year to honor and celebrate the bicentennial of the life of Elizabeth Keckly. Keckly was a former slave at the Burwell School who eventually bought her freedom and became both a dressmaker and close confidant of Mary Lincoln.
Kate Faherty, the executive director at the Burwell School Historic Site, said she admires Keckly and is excited to be organizing events for the public about Keckly’s life.