Celebrating Black History

James Brown's daughters and son holding up his photo

National Black History Month is observed every February to celebrate African Americans' many achievements and contributions to our economic, spiritual, cultural, and political development.

Mayor Blake Massengill issued a proclamation encouraging citizens to celebrate Fuquay-Varina’s diverse heritage and culture during Black History Month.

Fuquay-Varina Firsts

The Town of Fuquay-Varina released a video series called Fuquay-Varina Firsts: Celebrating Black History, intended to inform, educate, and raise awareness of African American achievements in our Town. Through storytelling, it celebrates the impact of Fuquay-Varina’s pioneering African American community leaders.

Introducing Fuquay-Varina Firsts: Celebrating Black History

Forrest Newkirk: First Black Volunteer Firefighter in Fuquay-Varina

James Brown: First Black Police Officer in Fuquay-Varina

Fuquay Consolidated High School

William Freeman: First Black Elected Official in Fuquay-Varina

New Providence Missionary Baptist Church: First Black Church in Fuquay-Varina

Trice Funeral Home: Longest-Running Black-Owned Business in Fuquay-Varina