[graphic] Link to National Park Service Homepage [graphic header] National Register of Historic Places African American History Month
[graphic] 2003
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Learn more about Alonzo Herdon, an influential black businessman, in our Atlanta, Georgia Travel Itinerary
Courtesy of The Herndon Foundation

The National Register of Historic Places is pleased to promote awareness of and appreciation for the historical accomplishments of African Americans during African American History Month. As part of the celebration, this site showcases historic properties listed in the National Register, National Register publications, and National Park units commemorating the events and people, the designs and achievements that help illustrate African American contributions to American history. Join the National Register in paying powerful tribute to the spirit of African Americans.

[graphic] Featured Properties



Row of houses in Sugar Hill Historic District in New York, NY
Photograph by Kathy Howe, Courtesy of New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
Florida Properties
American Beach Historic District
Hurricane of 1928 African American Mass Grave

Entertainment and Commerce
Eagle Saloon, Karnofsky Tailor
Shop and House, and Iroquois
Theater
WROX Building

Other Featured Historic Places
Sugar Hill Historic District
Barton Heights Cemeteries
Lorraine Apartments
Pearl High School

[graphic] Publications

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African American Historic Places
African American Historic Places

(ISBN 0-471-14345-6) describes more than 800 properties in 42 States and 2 U.S. Territories listed in the National Register of Historic Places that have played a role in African American history. Banks, cemeteries, clubs, colleges, forts, homes, hospitals, schools, and shops are but a few of the types of properties explored in this volume, which is an invaluable reference guide for researchers, historians, preservationists, and anyone interested in African American culture. Also included are eight insightful essays on the African American experience, from migration to the role of women, from the Harlem Renaissance to the Civil Rights Movement.
(Available from John Wiley & Sons at 1-800-225-5945)

 

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The George W. Watkins School (top photo) and the New Kent School (bottom photo) in New Kent County, Virginia is featured in the TwHP lesson, New Kent School and the George W. Watkins School: From Freedom of Choice to Integration

Teaching with Historic Places
This program offers a series of award-winning lesson plans that use places listed in the National Register to enliven the study of history, social studies, and geography. TwHP has many ready-to-use lesson plans, available for free downloading, that examine different aspects of African American history. Titles include:

National Register Travel Itineraries
Travel to historic places that convey the courageous and inspiring stories of African Americans from their perseverance along the Underground Railroad to freedoms gained during their struggle for civil rights, from Atlanta's African American places to Chicago's Black Metropolis. Be sure to visit the many newly recognized historic sites that were added to our itineraries during the past year.

[graphic] History in the Parks

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Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, where Martin Luther King, Jr., delivered his "I Have A Dream" speech
National Park Service photograph

Featured Parks

Dayton Aviation Heritage National
Historical Park

Lincoln Memorial


[graphic] Learn More

Cultural Resources Diversity Program
A highlight of the National Park Service's on-going efforts to reflect the diversity of American culture.

Our Shared History: Celebrating African American History & Culture
An ongoing effort to provide a comprehensive list of African American related resources located within the National Park Service web pages.

African American History and Culture: A Remembering
A CRM issue that explores aspects of African American heritage. (PDF format)
Search the Issue Archives then, search Issue Title for "African American History and Culture".

American Visionaries: Frederick Douglass
Frederick Douglass has been called the father of the civil rights movement. He rose through determination, brilliance, and eloquence to shape the American nation. He was an abolitionist, human rights and women's rights activist, orator, author, journalist, publisher, and social reformer. This exhibit features items owned by Frederick Douglass and highlights his achievements. The items are in the museum and archival collections at the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site at Cedar Hill, Southeast Washington, DC.

American Visionaries: Legends of Tuskegee
Who are the Legends of Tuskegee and what do they have in common? Booker T. Washington, George Washington Carver and the Tuskegee Airmen all came to Tuskegee and created their own legends. Tuskegee is more than a town located in Macon County, Alabama. It was a bold experiment and a site of major African American achievements for over 100 years. This three-part web exhibit highlights the achievements of Washington, Carver and the Tuskegee Airmen.

Martin Luther King Jr., National Historic Site Historic Resource Study
Provides an historical overview of the historic park and identifies the park's cultural resources within its historic context.

National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Program
The National Park Service is implementing a national Underground Railroad initiative to coordinate preservation and education efforts nationwide and integrate local historical places, museums, and interpretive programs associated with the Underground Railroad into a mosaic of community, regional, and national stories.

Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record (HABS/HAER)
The HABS/HAER program documents important architectural, engineering and industrial sites throughout the United States and its territories. Their collections, including numerous African American sites, are archived at the Library of Congress and available online. You can view these by clicking on the link above and entering the search term "African American."

National Museum of African American History and Culture
This planned museum will give voice to the centrality of the African American experience, and will make it possible for all people to understand the depth, complexity, and promise of the American experience.

African American History Month 2002, 2001 and 2000
For more information about African American properties listed in the National Register, please visit these past features.

 

African American Feature Page | Florida Properties | Entertainment and Commerce
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