Bellamy Mansion Museum hosts “The Gathering”

On Sunday, October 20th from 12:30 to 4:30 pm the Bellamy Mansion Museum will host the “The Gathering”. The Gathering is an event to recognize the research and interpretive advancements made in regards to the enslaved men, women, and children who lived on the Bellamy site prior to the Civil War.

In 2013, the Bellamy Mansion Museum hosted the first “Gathering” to commemorate the restoration of the site’s original 1859 urban slave quarters. Since 2013, the museum has dedicated more time, money, and resources to researching the enslaved men, women, and children who lived on the Bellamy site. That research has been fruitful. New names and biographical information have been discovered. This second “Gathering” is to honor those enslaved workers: Guy Nixon, Tony Bellamy, Mary Ann Nixon, Rosella Simmons, Harriett Potter and Charlotte Potter.

The event will feature a keynote speech by social activist and businesswoman, Barbara Bell-Coleman, who is a direct descendant of Henry Taylor, an enslaved carpenter who helped in the construction of the Bellamy Mansion. Wilmington’s mayor, Bill Saffo, along with the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resource’s Secretary Susi Hamilton will also be speaking. There will be an African American quilt exhibit, performances by the Chestnut Presbyterian Men’s Choir, local choirs and musicians, storytelling, and more. 

This event is made possible by a grant from the Women’s Impact Network of New Hanover County and is free to the public.

For more information or to inquire about sponsorship opportunities contact Leslie Morton at 910-251-3700 x305 or

The Bellamy Mansion Museum, located at 503 Market Street in Wilmington, is a non-profit educational institution dedicated to interpreting the social and architectural history of the Bellamy Mansion and promoting a greater understanding of historic preservation, architectural history and restoration methods in North Carolina. In 1994, the Bellamy Museum opened its doors to the public after years of renovation and interpretive planning. In this 25th anniversary year, the Bellamy Mansion Museum will continue to provide diverse educational and cultural programming for our community.