Celebrate African American History in Onslow County

Onslow County is rich in history, and there are many historical sites, memorials, and museums across the county set in place to celebrate this history. For those looking to learn more about the impressive history and lasting difference the African American community has had, past and present, in Onslow County, we encourage you to embark on the African American Trail.

Montford Point

African American Heritage Trail

The self-guided Onslow African-American Heritage Trail is a joint project of Onslow County Tourism, the Onslow County Museum, and the Minority Business Services Division of the Jacksonville. There are 17 sites across the county that explore the rich history and celebrates the accomplishments that African Americans have achieved not just in Onslow, but also across the nation. Sites on the trail include:

  1. Harrison Chapel A.M.E. Church
    Recognized as an architectural historical structure, Harrison Chapel stands proudly in its history. It is a church with strong ties, strong convictions, and a strong faith.
  1. Verona Loop National Cemetery
    With approximately 639 graves, Verona Loop National Cemetery was built for the African-Americans whose bodies were initially buried on Camp Lejeune. Many headstones date back to the early 1800s.
  1. Georgetown High School
    The only black high school in Onslow County, Georgetown High School was chartered in 1908 for “the education of children of colored race”.

The many stops on this heritage trail allow us to remember the important contributions and achievements of African Americans in our county as we celebrate and engage with the community.

Montford Point Memorial

As the newest addition to Lejeune Memorial Gardens, The Montford Point Memorial strives to forever capture and preserve the unique history of African American Marines from 1942 to 1949 by displaying the largest collection of photos, documents, papers and artifacts of the Montford Point Marines. During the 1940s these courageous men traveled a road that was not paved. They graduated to become Marines and brought the American people and the U.S. Marine Corps into a new era. The memorial features 20,000 gold stars representing the African American lives lost in war, we pay tribute to them for their sacrifices for us. Today many of the Marines who traveled through this groundbreaking period of American and Marine Corps history have contributed their life’s successes to the pain, sacrifices, and rewards that were earned at Montford Point.

Find more information on memorials in Onslow County here.

Onslow County Tourism

Onslow County Tourism

As one of North Carolina’s oldest counties, Onslow County reflects a rich and varied history.  It’s also the proud home of the Marines of Camp Lejeune, New River Air Station, Camp Johnson and Camp Geiger.

The county has been graced with an extraordinary natural beauty: over 30 miles of wide, unspoiled beaches, waters teeming with an abundance of marine life, forests filled with wildlife, and rich farmland to harvest.

Today, you can explore everything from military and historic monuments to beautiful waterways and beaches to friendly spots to eat and play.