Digital Resources

From Naming to Knowing: Uncovering Slavery at the North Carolina State Capitol

From Naming to Knowing is a website and and ongoing research project from the NC State Capitol. The goal of the project is to name and, as much is possible, share the stories of the enslaved men who built, maintained and worked in the Capitol between 1833-1865. Visit to check out the project and learn more.  

Virtual Programs!

The State Capitol is currently offering virtual programs. These programs feature LIVE instruction and are offered to classes or groups at no cost. To sign up for a program or ask questions, contact For more information on these programs, please visit our For Educators page

Teachers or group leaders may choose from one of three options (listed below) for a virtual program. All programs adhere to curriculum standards. Lesson plans for each program are linked below.  

1.) The State Seal of NC

This lesson reviews the history of the seal and the symbolism of the Great Seal of the State of North Carolina. Recommended for 4th grade or younger. State Seal Lesson Plan.

2.) Let's Talk About Voting!

This lesson teaches the evolution of voting using the lens of North Carolina and the State Capitol. It also explores facets of modern elections. Lesson includes a mock election. Recommended for 4th & 5th grade. Let's Talk About Voting Lesson Plan

3.) "The People's House"? Slavery in the NC State Capitol 

This lesson addresses slavery, race, and power through the North Carolina State Capitol. It shows what information can be found about the enslaved African Americans who constructed the Capitol building using primary sources and is designed to fit into discussions of American slavery with tangible, concrete examples from North Carolina. Two versions are offered - recommended for 4th & 5th grade or for High School. 

Slavery in the Capitol - 4th Grade Lesson Plan 

Slavery in the Capitol - High School Lesson Plan


Learn at Home with the NC State Capitol!

How tall is the Capitol? When was the cornerstone laid? What is in their collection? Who actually works there today? And how old is it anyway? 

Do you have burning questions about the North Carolina State Capitol? Check out our Learn At Home videos where we answer your questions and share our favorite facts and stories about the Capitol. Visit our youtube page and look for the Learn at Home logo.