AfroPoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange

Freedom Hill

Season 16  Episode 4

STREAMING APRIL 1 on YouTube and the PBS app

Princeville, North Carolina sits atop wet, swampy land along the Tar River. In the 1800s, the land was disregarded and deemed uninhabitable by white people. But after the Civil War, this indifference left it available for newly freed enslaved Africans to settle. Residents once called it ‘Freedom Hill’ before its incorporation, gradually establishing a self-sufficient, all Black town.

Resting along the floodplain of the river, Princeville and its residents are not strangers to adversity. The historical town has been inundated with flooding over the centuries...and with each flood, a little more of the small town erodes.

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