The Town of Princeville, North Carolina
Recover – Rebuild - Sustain
The Town of Princeville, North Carolina, the first town chartered by freed black slaves after the Civil War in 1886, struggles today (2018) to recover after recent devastating flood waters from Hurricane Matthew which ravaged the town in October 2016. It was just 17 years ago (1999) when the town was engulfed the first time by Hurricane Floyd, and together they had the strength and determination to recover, rebuild and persevere. Getting hit a second time has just been too overwhelming for this small town of 2,200 people. At a time where they are struggling, yet again, to recover the people of Princeville fear not only the permanent loss of their personal belongings and shelter but their very existence.
Princeville’s historical significance of being the first chartered town by freed black slaves is being threatened to be lost forever if this town and its people are unable to return and rebuild. In the words of Mayor Pro Temp Linda Joyner, “We’re not looking for a handout – We’re just looking for a hand.”
At the close of the Civil War, former slaves seeking protection and freedom left the plantations for Union troop encampments. Following the departure of Union soldiers, many of the now-freed slaves remained behind and settled in an area named Freedom Hill. Freedom Hill was incorporated in 1885 in Edgecombe County. The name was changed to Princeville in honor of Turner Prince, an African-American man who had been involved in building many of the community’s homes.
To establish a Princeville where residents’ pride, resilience, and determination is harnessed to recover, rebuild and sustain their town and their hope for a better future.
Success for Princeville where…
As the Town of Princeville remains committed to rebuilding its historic town in the wake Hurricane Matthew in 2016, today (2018) some progress has been made, but the road to recovery is quite long, sometimes difficult and challenging. There is a need for more assistance to help lend a hand so the people of Princeville can feel whole again. With the help of a few organizations and carrying individuals we’ve made the following progress:
In the News
How you can help
There are many ways you can help The Town of Princeville recover, rebuild and sustain. You can make a tax-deductible donation, host a fundraiser, or exhibit our “Portraits of Humanity” in highly visible venues to help sustain the recovery efforts still going on today.
Some specific areas or recovery needing special attention include funding the reconstruction of a new fire department, community center, museum; rebuilding the historical Mt. Zion Church; and renovating the education buildings, schools and playgrounds.
The North Carolina Community Foundation has established The Princeville Recovery and Revitalization Fund to support the recovery and rebuilding of the Town of Princeville. Please consider making a tax-deductible gift to support this endeavor.
To give by check, please make your check payable to
The Princeville Recovery and Revitalization Fund, and mail it to:
North Carolina Community Foundation
3737 Glenwood Avenue, Suite 460
Raleigh, NC 27612
To give by credit card, please visit us online by following this link:
When prompted: “Tell Us How to Apply Your Gift,” be sure to indicate:
The Princeville Recovery and Revitalization Fund
Thank you for your support!
For more information, please contact: