Wake Forest Historical Museum

LOCATION: 414 N. Main Street Wake Forest, NC 27587 CONTACT: 919-556-2911

The Normal and Industrial School

This was once considered the most important school for African American students in Wake County. Educator Allen Young began building the campus in the East End neighborhood in 1905, and it remained a vital part of the community until 1957.

Meeting at the new museum annex, the Wake Forest Historical Society sponsored a forum on the history of the school with a focus on the last remaining building linked to its campus, the Ailey Young House. Historian Ruth Little researched the house, and the town has successfully mothballed it for stability. Constructed shortly after the Civil War to house freed slaves, it is considered the likely birthplace of Allen Young and is the only known remaining “Freedom House” in Wake County.

These photographs of the Normal and Industrial School come from the North Carolina State Archives. Efforts to fully preserve and reconstruct the Ailey Young House continue.

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This entry was posted on July 21, 2013 by in East End and tagged , , , .

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Tues-Fri: 9am-noon & 1:30-4:30pm
Sun: 2pm-5pm

Closed: Saturday and Monday

Call us at 919.556.2911

Free Admission

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Atlas Ray, owner of a legendary store in the Harricanes, was among those remembered at the WFHA program on country stores. Just received several reels of 16mm film. Looks like 1950s home movies of the Demon Deacs in the Billy Barnes days!!! From the April 1961 Wake Forest phone book... instructions on how to use a dial telephone, how to dial a number, how to interpret ringing and busy signals, and what to do on a party line. Anyone else remember those days? This amazing photo from Sanford Bailey shows just HALF of the folks at the 1954 Powell Family Reunion!!!