The town of Princeville sits adjacent to the Tar River and due to elevation has flooded many times over the years. Between the years of 1800 and 1958, the Tar River flooded the area seven times. In September 1999, heavy rains from Hurricane Floyd flooded the area once again, but this time, the town was submerged. In some areas of Princeville, water rose twenty-three feet above the streets and it took ten days for the waters to completely recede. Princeville was declared a National Disaster Area and many buildings and homes were destroyed. Princeville's town hall was badly damaged by the recent flood and past floods also destroyed many other older structures. The Flood of 99 was considered one of the worst natural disasters in the state's history with flood waters over 40% of the state and in places like Princeville, the flood almost destroyed the town. In the early 2000s, the community once again rebuilt and the former town hall is now the town's African American Cultural Museum and Welcome Center.
SERVICES OF MUSEUM
The African American Cultural Museum offers information on the history of Princeville, North Carolina. They offer brochures, handouts on the founder of the town and when the town was incorporated. The museum also offers information on Hurricane Floyd with images of the destruction. Classes or seminars are held to inform the public on black history. The museum contains a gift shop that offer educational DVDs, CDs, Princeville t-shirts, pins, and a lot more. The museum also displays paintings from local artists, rents out the building for Government use and different community activities.