Across the country, black people are celebrating their heritage and the rights they've gained. It's all part of Black History Month.
The fight for their political and civil rights began long ago, before the Civil War. New research is now uncovering more about a North Carolina native who helped in that movement.
Historian David Cecelski spent presented some of his research in New Bern this weekend.
He wrote a book about Abraham Galloway, a 19th century former slave and civil rights activist who became North Carolina's first black state senator.
Cecelski traveled to more than 60 libraries and spent 10 years researching Galloway's life.
"I kept feeling like Sherlock Holmes or something, tracking down clues. But that's what it took to tell his story," said Cecelski, who taught history at Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Galloway held many of his civil rights meetings at Saint Peter's AME Zion Church in New Bern. He was born and raised in the Wilmington area.
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