Northeast Community Story Map
The Northeast Community, also known as the East End, was founded by formerly enslaved African Americans after the Civil War and today retains its identity as a predominantly African American neighborhood distinguished by its lifelong residents and rich heritage. Over its history, the community has been home to several individuals and institutions significant to the Town of Wake Forest. Interestingly, many residents were innovators of African American education in North Carolina. Though historically and culturally significant, the neighborhood has undergone marked changes in its built environment. Many historic buildings have been lost to demolition or redevelopment.
This GIS-based Story Map has been created to preserve the rich history of the Northeast Community. This project is a living document. Information will be added to the story map as it is shared through town research, scholarly research and/or through the work of volunteers. We hope to someday have information on every parcel within the community.
NC State University Research Project
Dr. Alicia McGill, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of History at NC State, teaches a graduate-level Cultural Resources Management class which has included students from Public History, Anthropology, and Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management programs. at NC State.
In Spring of 2020 and 2021, Dr. McGill’s class conducted research in the NE Community as part of their class requirements. In total, the students researched the following properties in the NE Community:
Olive Branch Baptist Church, 326 E. Juniper Street
Spring Street Presbyterian Church, 320 E. Spring Street (no longer standing)
Wake Forest Normal and Industrial Institute, E. Spring Street (no longer standing)
Alston-Massenburg Center, 416 N. Taylor Street (Formerly public school, fire station # 2, Community Pool, Water Tank, private residence)
315 E. Spring Street
316 E. Pine Avenue
330 E. Pine Avenue
215 E. Juniper Street
303 E. Juniper Street (2021 – not yet on the story map)
308 E. Juniper Street
310 E. Juniper Street (2021 – not yet on the story map)
315 E. Juniper Street (2021 – not yet on the story map)
431 E. Juniper Street (2020)
507 N. Taylor Street (2021 – not yet on the story map)
509 N. Taylor Street (2021 – not yet on the story map)
511 N. Taylor Street (2021- not yet on the story map)
Wake Forest Historical Museum
The Wake Forest Historical Museum at 414 N. Main Street has also partnered with the Town of Wake Forest for this project. The documents retrieved by the students during their research as well as oral history transcripts, photographs, historic documents and the final student reports are digitally archived at the museum and available for review upon request.
The information obtained as part of the NE Community Story Map project will be permanently archived with the Museum. You can also view oral history interviews with residents from the NE Community on the museum’s You Tube Channel.