Enjoy Festival Events for the week of June 12 - 20, 2021

Special Juneteenth Activities at the Arboretum:

Enjoy the following program:

     Reading of Emancipation Proclamation

     History of Juneteenth

     Sing “Lift Every Voice and Sing”

     Poetry/Spoken Word from Community Member

     Drumline/Dance/Music/Choral Performances

Date:  Saturday, June 19, 2021        

Time:  5:30 - 8:30 pm  

Location: NHC Arboretum   6206 Oleander Drive

Purpose:  Fair with African American vendors of Commodities and Art that they created or grew/raised themselves in conjunction with the celebration of Juneteenth - an annual holiday observing the end of slavery, marking the day that the news reached the people in Galveston, Texas. 

Vendors will sell artisanal goods like Spices/Teas/Foods/Candles/Lotions/Art/and Produce

To receive additional information about Juneteenth REGISTER HERE!

The Friends of the New Hanover County Arboretum celebrate the Black Owned Businesses of the Wilmington area. The Friends acknowledge the achievements of Black Americans whose hard work and relentless spirit help weave the fabric of our community businesses. Businesses such as print shops, contemporary cuisine and soul food, clothing, marketing services, wedding venues and event planners, health and beauty are among the businesses featured here.

Please help us celebrate diversity and become more inclusive by supporting these local businesses.

If you know of other Black-Owned Businesses that would like to be celebrated on the website,

email us at friendsofthenhcarboretum@gmail.com.

Black Owned Businesses in our Community

 Name of Business Business Type                                                                                                         Owner's Name                                    

1st Step 2 Natural Health             

 Health & Beauty/Clothing Chaunte Grady

Avonya's Blends

 Food Emily Dixon

Black Girls Gardening

 Other Amber Grossman

Brenda Dixon Realty

 Home/Garden/Decor Brenda Dixon

Catch Restaurant

 Food Keith & Angela Rhodes

Choices Design Copy Print

 Business Services Lavall & Shannon McLucas

Color Street Stylist

 Health & Beauty/Clothing Patrice Hamilton

Conscious Scents

 Home/Garden/Decor Lucky Fisher

DJ Sammy Figgs

 Weddings/Entertainment Sammy Figgs

DJ Milliano/A.A.M Entertainment Group

 Weddings/Entertainment Chris Hines

Elegant Touch Creative Events

 Weddings/Entertainment Rochelle Britton Allen

Fu Wangz

 Food Marteke Franks

Genesis Block

 Business Services Tracey & Girard Newkirk
Healing Your Almond Business Services Franchon Francees
Helping Hands of the Cape Fear, LLC  Business Services Jamie Stokley

Jayski's Rub a Dub

 Food William & Shemeka Stokes

Jones Sunset Sauce

 Food Tiffany Hansley Jones

Kalethy Living

 Food Brian & Sandy Royes

Love Me Pink Inc.

 Weddings/Entertainment Latisha Johnson
Milk Bone Trucking LLC Other  Vernell Bannerman Jr.

Nippy's Soul Food Restaurant

 Food Marsha Corbett & William     Bordeaux

On Thyme Catering/Food Truck

 Food Corey Scott
Quality Life Blueprint Business Services Abdul Hafeedh bin Abdullah
Queen Esther Teas Tea Services Adrienne Arrington

Ronnie's Crab Shack at Zora's

 Food Ronnie Williams

Serving With A Gift

 Health & Beauty/Clothing Michelle Bethea

Simply Ravixing

 Health & Beauty/Clothing Rachelle Ravix Mosley

Smart Smoothie

 Food Marcus Lacewell
Stamped - Notary Public Business Services Lillian Barfield

Sweet D's

 Food Brian Dickey

The Sweetest Temptation Bakery

 Food Johna Menendez

Wine and Design Leland

 Home/Garden/Decor Michael & Gia Long
 Companies With No Web Site  

African American Vendor's Market

 Other Marcus Lacewell - Manager
Girl Talk Movement  Business Services Tamira Bell

Picture Board

Take a picture of something unique about your business or your favorite photo regarding your business and we'll post it for everyone to see!  E-mail your photos to jaranallinc@gmail.com.

Lavall McLucas, owner of Choices Print Shop, shown with    Carolyn Thomas, President of the Friends of the Arboretum, promoting local Black Owned Businesses.

   Jay Ski's Rub a Dub Restaurant, owned by William       and Shemeka Stokes have created some special       recipes for you to try at home.

Download a copy

Gift Giveaway - a basket prize for a lucky winner!

The gift basket in the above photo contains the following items:  a dish towel with coordinating pot holder and oven mitt, cocktail napkins, dinner napkins, metal dragonfly wall art, Stained glass bee sun catcher, soap lift, “Burgaw blueberry” artisan soap, local honey, and 2 Arboretum can cozies.

Register for a chance to win

Resources to Raise Awareness

Web Sites:

Black Entrepreneurs, Authors and Businesses to Support During Black History Month


Genesis Block (a Minority Business Accelerator committed to building the entrepreneur class.)


SCORE for Black Entrepreneurs

SCORE is here to support all small business owners. As we celebrate Black History Month, SCORE is proud to announce the launch of its new online resource: SCORE for Black Entrepreneurs.

Black entrepreneurs face unique barriers to business success. At SCORE, we’re working to change that by providing Black small business owners with access to personalized support. Browse our comprehensive collection of resources that address the specific challenges Black business owners face in today's world. 

Recent Articles on Extension

Cooperative Extension honors Black History Month

When I started to think about how I would write this synopsis, I considered many different ways. I decided to deal with the facts. It is amazing to think of the times in the 1860’s as it relates to the times in the 2020’s. Different but still the same - a different date and time but still some of the same issues and concerns.

One good thing is that the land grant universities are still operating well in North Carolina. In our state it is a cooperative effort between - NC A& T State University which is a Historic Black University (Greensboro, NC) and NC State University (Raleigh, NC).

The month of February is designated as Black History Month - we honor this relationship between the two universities which exemplify efforts of working together through diversity and equity.

The definition of a land grant college or university is an institution that has been designated by its state legislature or Congress to receive the benefits of the Morrill Acts of 1862, 1890, and 1994. The first Morrill Act provided grants in the form of federal lands to each state. President Abraham Lincoln signed the first land-grant act into law on July 2, 1862.

In case you are wondering - why were the land grants created - passage of the First Morrill Act (1862) reflected a growing demand for agricultural and technical education in the United States. While several institutions had begun to expand upon the traditional classical curriculum, higher education was still widely unavailable to many agricultural and industrial workers. The Morrill Act was intended to provide a broad segment of the population with a practical education that had direct relevance to their daily lives. The second Morrill Act (1890 - NC A& T was established under this act) sought to extend access to higher education by providing additional endowments for all land-grants but prohibiting distribution of money to states that made distinctions of race in admissions. However, states that provided a separate land-grant institution for blacks were eligible to receive the funds. The institutions that, because of this act, were founded or designated the land-grant for blacks in each of the then-segregated Southern states came to be known as “the 1890 land-grants.” A third land-grant act

conferred land-grant status to Native American tribal colleges in 1994.

There are so many partners with the two land grant universities that help them continue to assist the residents of North Carolina - federal, state, and local governments. They address the needs of the community and farmers via their research-based information. Hands on assistance is a plus - something that is continually needed and often provided are free.

To pick a partnership that is remarkably effective with the two land grant universities is NIFA - National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Together they provide a huge network of scientists, educators and extension staff that address critical issues about agriculture, food, the environment, and communities.

Cooperative Extension programs in New Hanover County include: Family & Consumer Sciences, Consumer Horticulture (Master Gardeners, plant clinic, etc.) 4-H Youth Development Therapeutic Horticulture (Ability Garden) Commercial Horticulture (landscapers, pesticide licenses, etc.) You name it, we can assist - directly or indirectly. Call, email, or check us out via social media - we try so many ways to assist the public and are working to diversify our efforts to be more available to all of the residents of New Hanover County.

There was a need in the 1860’s and there is still a need in the 2020’s - the work continues. 

An unidentified New Farmers of America student members holding a NFA banner. [COURTESY OF NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES]

By Danyce Dicks

The Arboretum is home to the N.C. Cooperative Extension Center for New Hanover County and is free and open every day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Danyce Dicks is the County Extension Support Specialist. Reach her at danyce_dicks@ncsu. edu or 910-798-7660.

Cooperative Extension at the New Hanover County Arboretum

Did you know that Cooperative Extension is only 107 years old?  When you really think about it, it is not that long ago.  Even if you are not a history buff, it is fascinating to know what led to the establishment of Cooperative Extension and how it serves our community today, in 2021.

In 1862, the first Morrill Act was created to establish Land Grant Colleges or Universities by giving federal land to each state. President Abraham Lincoln signed the first land-grant act into law. Their creation reflected the growing demand for agricultural and technical education in the United States. During that time, higher education was still widely unavailable to many agricultural and industrial workers. The Morrill Act was intended to provide a practical education that had direct relevance to the daily lives of this demographic. If you are a gardening aficionado or a novice, then you know how important it is to have accurate research-based intel for success in the flower border or vegetable garden!!!

The second Morrill Act also known as the Agricultural College Act of 1890 allowed for separate land-grant colleges to be established in states that made distinctions of race in their admissions programs. This way, states would not be prohibited from receiving federal funding for these colleges.   Did you know that the historically black university, NC A&T State University, in Greensboro, NC was established in 1891 under this act?

There are many partners (i.e., federal, state, and local governments) with our two land grant universities (NC State and NC A&T) that help them to assist the residents of North Carolina. They help address the needs of the community, whether it be urban, suburban, or agriculturally based.  One such service that partners with NC State and NC A&T is the Cooperative Extension. (That is two long words to state that there is a joint effort between various institutions to provide an outreach or services.)

In 1914, Congress created the Smith-Lever Act. This was brought about by the need to bring research-based knowledge to assist the lives and livelihoods of farmers, families and other supply chain businesses associated with the agricultural community. Can you name at least two supply chain businesses associated with farming?  The Smith- Lever Act allowed for the creation of the Cooperative Extension system throughout all land grant institutions in the United States. This act is what established the North Carolina Agricultural Extension Service, as it was known at that time. Today, it is simply called the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service and is headquartered at NC State University (partnering with NC A&T, the USDA, and other organizations).

As we become more urban and technologically advanced, Cooperative Extension is continuing its mission of helping North Carolinians to use research-based knowledge to improve the quality of their lives. Programs are available to people of all ages and from all walks of life.   Here at the New Hanover County Arboretum, Cooperative Extension is an extremely active partner to assist the citizens of the Cape Fear area. Cooperative Extension serves area residents by providing easy access to the resources and expertise of NC State University and NC A&T State University. Through educational programs, publications, and events, our community has easy access to unbiased, research-based information.  (Think plant identification, soil tests, natural resources like storm water control, 4-H for youth, family & consumer science services, etc.)

Our special event, Celebrating Black-Owned Businesses at the New Hanover County Arboretum is hosted by the Friends of the New Hanover County Arboretum.  We are so thankful for all the decisions that were made over 100 years ago to allow us to celebrate diversity and inclusion along with the ability to disseminate research-based education to you.   We welcome you to enjoy discovering these locally owned businesses and support them as you are able.

To find out more about Cooperative Extension and the programs offered here at the New Hanover County Arboretum check out the following resources online:



by Carolyn Thomas

President, Friends of the New Hanover County Arboretum

"Friends of the New Hanover County Arboretum" is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

6206 Oleander Drive, Wilmington, North Carolina 28403


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