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Willis N. Hackney Library

Crossing the Tracks: An Oral History of East and West Wilson, North Carolina

“The great force of history comes from the fact that we carry it within us, are unconsciously controlled by it in many ways, and history is literally present in all that we do.” James Baldwin

Oliver Nestus Freeman Round House Museum of African American History

The Oliver Nestus Freeman Round House is a museum featuring the artifacts that depict the culture and contributions of African Americans to the history and development of Wilson.  Freeman, who was a noted local black stone mason, built the house in 1946 and other buildings in the community to help alleviate the housing shortage for GI's returning from the war.  Freeman built a round house that is said to be made of stone. The house was built from a variety of materials, including bottles, tree saplings, and string.