African American History Links
The following are links to several additional resources that shed light on the site's African American History.
West and Pacific Northwest Focus
Dr. Taylor, the Scott and Dorothy Bullitt Professor of American History at the University of Washington, has compiled one of the web's definitive resources for African American History in the West. With an extensive bibliography, seminal primary documents, and vignettes of numerous significant people and places, this site is not to be missed!
The Manuscript Division of the Library of Congress possesses one of the nation's most valuable collections for the study of African-American history and culture. Extensive documentation exists for researching slavery and African-American life in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and for studying the civil rights movement in the twentieth century.
The Online Encyclopedia of Washington State History features an essay exploring the life and contributions of African American pioneer George Washington Bush.
Our friends at the End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center have created a nice, concise biographical sketch of several African American pioneers of the Oregon Country.
The National Park Service has the honor of managing and preserving many areas that commemorate African American heritage. That heritage is celebrated in areas as diverse as Booker T. Washington National Monument in Virginia, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park in West Virginia, Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site in the District of Columbia, Natchez National Historical Park in Mississippi,Nicodemus National Historical Site in Kansas, Fort Davis National Historic Site in Texas, Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Site in Washington, DC and African Burial Ground National Monument, in New York City. In addition to these sites, many other parks commemorate the important contributions to this nation by African Americans. With the many treasured areas that are in the National Park System, what better way to celebrate African-American History than to visit a National Park.
The African American Experience Fund (AAEF) of the National Park Foundation seeks to connect Americans to their National Parks by raising awareness of African American history and culture in the National Parks. The 17 National Parks and the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom supported by AAEF are just a few of the special places in the National Park System that tell the stories of African Americans throughout the history of our country.
African-American Mosaic: A Library of Congress Resource Guide for the Study of Black History and Culture
Teaching with Historic Places: African-American History
Teaching with Historic Places posted on the web the following four complete lesson plans that consider important aspects of Black history. These lessons are free and ready for immediate classroom use by students in history and social studies classes.
Approximately 180,000 African Americans comprising 163 units served in the Union Army during the Civil War, and many more African Americans served in the Union Navy. Both free Africans-Americans and runaway slaves joined the fight.
Please choose one of the links below to continue your exploration of Fort Vancouver's African American heritage!
Did You Know?
Did you know that Fort Vancouver National Historic Site hosts a number of special events each year that feature costumed interpretation and living history, including the Brigade Encampment, Soldiers' Bivouac, and Candlelight Tour? More...