“Start unknown, finish unforgettable.”
This quote from Misty Copeland, the first African American performer to be appointed as a principal dancer for the American Ballet Theatre, inspires me to push forward toward my goal of becoming the first African American woman to be attorney general for the state of North Carolina. Before I do that, I’ll need to complete my internship this summer with the State Archives of North Carolina.
My name is Eyricka Johnson and I am from Wake Forest, North Carolina. I am currently a senior graduating December 2019 at Elizabeth City State University with a major in History and a minor in Public History. After graduation, I plan on attending North Carolina Central University to earn a Master of History degree along with my Juris Doctorate.
This is my second summer interning with the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. Last year, while interning at the Museum of the Albemarle, I worked on conserving objects that were later used in the river bridge, memorable sands and craftsman fair exhibits. I also led summer educational camps for a variety of age groups
This summer I am interning at the State Records Center. I will be analyzing a group of records from the Bureau of Work Among Negroes. In 1925 the Bureau of Work Among Negroes, an agency under Public Welfare, was created to assist the welfare of African Americans. My task is to identify ways that the Bureau assisted African Americans, create a display in the Search Room, and look at other state agencies to identify services they too may have provided for African Americans prior to the Civil Rights Movement.
With my enthusiasm for African American history and my love for researching, I am very excited about working with this group of materials. I am thrilled about working another year with the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources to get a better understanding of the department’s contribution in making North Carolina the great state that it is. Be on the lookout for my next blog post on the 25 most interesting documents I’ve found so far.
If you have any questions about my project, feel free to email me Eyricka.firstname.lastname@example.org.