April 26 – June 11, 2022

We Built This

Profiles of Black Architects and Builders in North Carolina

A Traveling Exhibit presented by:

Hiding in plain sight is the physical manifestation of our labor, because most of the historic structures in this country were built by, constructed by Black people… and yet those stories have never been told.

— Darren Walker, President of the Ford Foundation (2020)

We Built This is part of a multi-faceted educational program about the history and legacy of Black builders and craftspeople in North Carolina. This traveling exhibit highlights the stories of those who constructed and designed many of North Carolina’s most treasured historic sites. Spanning more than three centuries, We Built This provides more than two dozen personal profiles and historic context on key topics including slavery and Reconstruction; founding of the HBCUs and Black churches; Jim Crow and segregation; and the rise of Black politicians and professionals.

April 1 – June 11

Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays — 10:30am – 2:30pm

Opening month special: “Late Fridays”; open till 4:30pm in April

Online ticketing is required. Ticket prices:

  • $6 for Historic Rosedale Members
  • $13 for Seniors, K-12, College Students, AAA, Military/Veterans
  • $15 for Regular Admission

Your Ticket includes:

  • Admission to We Built This, housed in the historic 1815 Rosedale house
  • Admission to our 9 acres of grounds and gardens

To control the number of visitors and assure an enjoyable, uncrowded experience for everyone, two viewing windows will be available each day, each with a limited number of tickets.

  • Morning admission allowing for entry and viewing between 10:30 -12:30
  • Afternoon admission allowing for entry and viewing between 12:30 – 2:30
  • “Late Friday” viewing window will be available from 2:30 – 4:30 during the exhibit (excluding May 27th)
  • Historic Rosedale will be open 10:30 – 2:30 for your enjoyment before or after you view the exhibit
  • Last entry time on Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday will be at 2:00 pm
  • Last entry time on Friday will be at 4:00 pm

To select your date and time for admission please CLICK HEREYou will be directed to our online calendar where you can select the viewing window (date and time) of your choice.

Event will take place rain or shine. No refunds. No paper tickets will be issued. Please bring your credit card receipt or confirmation email (paper or on your phone) as it will service as your ticket.


Initials of enslaved plasterer William B. Gould etched into decorative plaster at the Bellamy Mansion in Wilmington.