After the Civil War, a group of African American men in Raleigh were looking for a way to demonstrate the progress made by African Americans in NC.
In 1879, 22 of these men organized as the Colored Industrial Association of North Carolina.
Purpose was to improve and educate North Carolina’s African Americans and to demonstrate what newly freed people could accomplish.
The association succeeded in organizing a fair in Raleigh during the month of November for a number of years in the late 1800's.
The fair combined agricultural and industrial displays. Exhibitors displayed farm produce, crafts, and arts, including such items as poultry, needlework, quilts, and paintings.
Prominent politicians and public figures, both black and white, made speeches during the fair.
Parades and bands lent a festive air to the activities.
Visitors traveled to the fair from across the state, and many railroads offered discounted rates to the fair’s exhibitors.
The Colored Industrial Association Fair did not become a financial success, however.
When the fair was discontinued is unclear, although it lasted at least a decade
This video is about the civil rights movement with John Green!! (The author of The Fault In Our Stars)