Earl Ijames is Curator of African American, Agriculture, and Community History at the North Carolina Museum of History. Prior to joining the Museum of History in 2008, he was reference archivist with the North Carolina Office of Archives and History for eight years and photograph archivist from 1994-2000.
Ijames has served on numerous history-related boards and committees and is frequently called on to serve as a lecturer, panelist, consultant, and host for various events, festivals, organizations, and radio and TV broadcasts. He has been involved with numerous historical film productions.
Ijames is a 1991 graduate of North Carolina State University (NCSU) with a major in history and minors in economics, English, and African American studies. From 1989-1990 he was a legal researcher at the North Carolina Supreme Court through the Department of History at NCSU. He graduated from George Washington Carver High School in Winston-Salem.
In his spare time. Ijames is a farmer in Johnston County and owner/manager of Towne and Country Book and Coffee in Wendell, North Carolina. Over the years, he has coached Boy’s and Girl’s Upward Bound Youth Basketball, youth football in Zebulon, North Carolina, and youth basketball for Wendell Parks and Recreation.