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Preserving the Ailey Young House

February 8, 2021 @ 7:00 pm 8:00 pm

February is Black History Month, and the Wake Forest Historical Museum is partnering with the Wake Forest Historic Preservation Commission to offer a series of virtual presentations on African American history in our community and state on February 1 at 6 pm and February 8 and 22 at 7 pm. There is no cost to participate, but registration is encouraged.

On February 8 at 7 pm, Senior Planner Michelle Michael and special guest Ricardo Young will discuss the preservation of the Ailey Young House and site. The Ailey Young House is a rare example of Reconstruction-era, working-class African-American housing and was the childhood home of Allen Young, a founder of the Wake Forest Normal and Industrial School. Allen Young was also the father of Ailey Mae Young, the first African-American town commission, and only the second woman, elected to the commission. Ricardo Young is the great-great-grandson of Allen Young.

People standing outside wooden building.
Students from WFU visiting the Ailey Young House with Michelle Michael.


This event is free and open to the public. Participants can join online or by phone. There is no cost. Please register at the link below. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Additional information can also be found on the Town of Wake Forest website.

To view Wake Forest’s full array of Black History Month events and activities, including our Black History Month Honor Roll and “Art That Reflects,” visit wakeforestnc.gov and search “Celebrate Black History.”