Programs + Events

Roots of Hope Virtual Premiere

Rediscovering the Legacy of John Hunter

Virtual Documentary Premiere and Family Discussion

City of Raleigh Museum staff have been working to uncover more of the African American history of the Dorothea Dix Park site. Through research by City historians, a remarkable family tree now exists connecting “Uncle” John Hunter, an enslaved person on the Spring Hill Plantation born in the 1760s, to families living in Washington D.C. and New York. 

In November 2019, descendants of John Hunter traveled to Raleigh to learn more about their ancestors’ important contributions to the City, State and beyond. Join Dix Park and COR Museum for the debut of the new documentary created by the City of Raleigh that follows the Hunter descendants as they explore their recently uncovered Raleigh roots dating back 225 years.

Time: 7:00 pm
Location: The virtual event will be conducted via City of Raleigh YouTube Live

Following the virtual premiere, hear from family members about their experience of discovery and connection in a Q&A discussion with Wannetta Worthy, Melissa Daniels, and Ritchie Dean of the Hunter family, along with Valerie Johnson, chair of the NC African American Heritage Commission and City of Raleigh Museum Director, Ernest Dollar. 

Have a question for the Hunter family for the Q&A discussion? Send us your questions in advance to by Septmber 16.

Watch the trailer for the new documentary from City of Raleigh.

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