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. The "Sites of Memory" Story Map received a 2021 Carraway Award of Historic Preservation Merit from Preservation North Carolina. 

The Northeast Community Story Map


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. Students researched properties including the site of the Alston-Massenburg Center in the Springs of 2020 and 2021. Town of Wake Forest Historic Preservation Summer Interns completed research in 2020, 2021, and 2022. 

  1. Olive Branch Baptist Church, 326 E. Juniper Avenue

  2. Winston-Clarke House, 308 E. Juniper Avenue

  3. Jeffreys House, 215 E. Juniper Avenue

  4. Carol's Barbershop, 337 E. Juniper Avenue

  5. Wilkerson House, 507 N. Taylor Street 

  6. Pearl Williams' Property, 509 N. Taylor Street

  7. Massenburg Residence, 511 N. Taylor Street

  8. 403 E. Juniper Avenue   

  9. 407 E. Juniper Avenue

  10. Mack Fort's Property, 412 E. Juniper Avenue   

  11. Wake Forest African American Cemetery 

  12. Grave of "Doctor" Tom Jeffries   

  13. Crenshaw House, 431 E. Juniper Avenue

  14. 503 E. Juniper Avenue

  15. Juniper Avenue Sweet Shop and Cafe (no longer standing)

  16. Alston Family House, 530 E. Juniper Avenue

  17. W.E.B. DuBois Campus

  18. Gill's, Allen's & Thompson's House, N. White Street (no longer standing)

  19. Cooke House, N. White Street (no longer standing)

  20. Dunn House, N. White Street (no longer standing)

  21. Ailey Young House, 320 N. White Street

  22. Johnson Homestead, Corner of N. White Street and E. Spring Street (no longer standing)

  23. 316 E. Pine Avenue

  24. 330 E. Pine Avenue

  25. 315 E. Spring Street

  26. Spring Street Presbyterian Church,  320 E. Spring, Corner of E. Spring Street and Caddell Street (no longer standing)

  27. Wake Forest Normal and Industrial Institute, E. Spring Street (no longer standing)

  28. Brim-Dent Property, 601 E. Pine Avenue

  29. Lewis Family Property, 633 E. Pine Avenue

  30. 630 E. Pine Avenue

  31. Aaron Mitchell's Blacksmith Shop, South side Wait Avenue near intersection with Taylor Street.

  32. Also researched but not yet on the "Storymap" are 303, 305, 308, 310, and 315 E. Juniper Avenue

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.

Northeast Community Story Map
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