Wake Forest Historical Museum

All visitors must wear a mask while inside the museum and Calvin Jones House. We appreciate your cooperation! The museum will be closed during the Thanksgiving holiday, from November 22-29.

DuBois Collection is Now Online

With the help of DuBois School alumni and the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, the museum’s archival material related to Wake Forest’s DuBois School is now available online. The DuBois School student newspaper, The Gazette, makes up most of the digitized material, but you will also find a 1964 and 1965 student yearbook, and material published by the National Alumni Association of DuBois.

November 19, 2021

From Slavery to Freedom in Wake Forest

When Calvin Jones arrived at his newly purchased farm in 1821–in the part of the county he later named “Wake Forest”–he brought more than his family. He also brought a number of … Continue reading

February 2, 2016 · 12 Comments

The DuBois School Athletic Program – In Celebration of Black History Month

To mark Black History Month, the museum is sharing a rare collection of images from the DuBois School. By the time these photographs were taken in 1964-65, school segregation was … Continue reading

February 7, 2015 · 5 Comments

A Dancer and a Songwriter – Fame in Wake Forest

Like an echo of the literature, music, and fashion known as the Harlem Renaissance, the African-American community in mid-20th century Wake Forest experienced a surge in creativity, intellectualism, and culture. … Continue reading

October 25, 2014 · 8 Comments

The Legacy of L. Robert Best: “Let your light shine.”

He was a headmaster straight from Central Casting–a stern, bespectacled black man from Barbados with a clipped accent, perfect manners, and a passion for equal education that would change Wake … Continue reading

March 7, 2014 · 4 Comments