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.
Edgecombe County Cultural Arts Council Inc., also known as Edgecombe Arts, is a non-profit agency that was chartered in 1985. We collect and exhibit objects of artistic and historic merit from Edgecombe County, North Carolina (these objects are displayed in the Blount-Bridgers House, the Pender Museum, and the county's art and history museums), foster an environment of creativity and cultural awareness through programming and advocacy, and educate the public on the cultural activities and achievements of the people of Edgecombe County