National indigenous Peoples Day

Indigenous Peoples’ Day 2023.

I heard someone say not long enough ago that they heard Vick Cemetery was established on the site of a Native burial ground. There’s absolutely no evidence of that, and the sad truth of the place needs no embellishment. However, there is no question that Vick, like all of Wilson, lies on land that the Skarù:ręˀ, or Tuscarora, settled long before the arrival of colonizers.

Today we celebrate the indigenous people of this land and honor those who were among our ancestors.

National Indigenous Peoples Day.

Several free families of color that lived in what is now Wilson County, including the Locuses and Lynches, were descended not only from African and European ancestors, but Native Americans as well. Black Wide-Awake remembers that this land belonged to the Tuscarora and other indigenous people and honors them today.