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
Alexander Crummell School
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Office of Planning, Historic Preservation Division
Theatre, Columbia, SC
Bethel AME Church, Great Falls, MT
Schools of Washington, D.C. Multiple Property Submission
African American Historic
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
(Available from John Wiley & Sons at 1-800-225-5945)
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:
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.
American experience in Atlanta is one of progress and perseverance,
and can been discovered at places such as the Martin
Luther King, Jr., National Historic Site, Sweet
Auburn Historic District, Atlanta
University Center District and Stone
Hall, Herndon Home,
Washington Park Historic
District, Booker T.
Washington High School, and Oakland
Aviation: From Sand Dunes to
Find out about the contributions African Americans made to
aviation during World War II at the Tuskegee
Airmen National Historic Site.
- Aboard the Underground
You probably know about John Brown and Harriet Tubman, but
have you heard of Owen Lovejoy and John P. Parker? Learn about
these and many other Underground Railroad activists and the
historic places they used while resisting slavery. Several
Underground Railroad sites have been added to the itinerary
recently, including: Reuben
Benedict House, Samuel
and Sally Wilson House, James
and Sophia Clemens Farmstead, Plymouth
Church of the Pilgrims, Nathan
and Mary Johnson House, Mount
Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church and Mout Zion Cemetery,
Bruin's Slave Jail
and the Barney L.
Shall Overcome: Historic Places of the Civil Rights Movement
This itinerary leads you to 49 fascinating historic places
located throughout the United States associated with the modern
Civil Rights Movement, including these new sites: Modjeska
Monteith Simkins House, New
Kent School and George W. Wakins School, Andrew
Rankin Memorial Chapel, Frederick Douglass Memorial Hall,
and Founders Library, John
Philip Sousa Junior High School, Bethel
AME Church, Bizzell
Library at the University of Oklahoma and the
Daisy Bates House.
- Lexington, Kentucky.
Find out more about African Americans in Lexington at the
First African Baptist
Church and South
Hill Historic District.
Learn more about Louisiana's African American history by visiting
John the Baptist Church in the historic African American
community of Dorseyville; surviving slave quarters like those
Plantation or the Cherie
Quarter Cabins--birthplace of author Ernest J. Gaines;
Plantation, built in 1820 by free black Thomas Freeman;
Hudson, where free blacks and slaves fought for the Union.
Our nation's capital is home to very significant African American
historic sites such as DAR
Constitution Hall, the Lincoln
Memorial, and the Frederick
Douglass National Historic Site. This itinerary also highlights
numerous lesser-known sites such as the Ralph
Bunche House, Lincoln
Zion Cemetery, Striver's
Section HD, Charles
Sumner School, Metropolitan
AME Church, Greater
14th Street HD, Greater
U Street HD, Mary
Church Terrell House, Mary
McLeod Bethune House, General
Oliver Otis Howard House, and Blagden
Alley--Naylor Court HD.
Charleston's Religious and Community Buildings
Charleston, South Carolina, contains a variety of places that
reflect African American history including an Old
Slave Mart, churches such as Central
Bethel Methodist, and Emanuel
AME, and the Avery
Institute--the city's first free secondary school for
African Americans, now a museum and archives for African American
history and culture.
Visit Detroit's Dunbar
Hospital, the Ossian
Sweet House, and the Second
Street Baptist Church to learn more about Detroit's African
Overton Hygienic Building, the Chicago
Bee Building, or the Wabash
Avenue YMCA to learn more about the vibrant African American
community known as the Black Metropolis.
Fort Davis National Historic Site
Cultural Resources Diversity
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.
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".
and African Americans on Jamestown Island 1619-1803
This on-line book (available as a large pdf) tells the
story of Africans of the settlement of Jamestown, Virginia, from
their point of arrival in the colony and ends with the establishment
of a free black community.
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.
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.
American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record
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."
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
African American History Month 2003,
2001 and 2000
For more information about African American properties listed
in the National Register, please visit these past features.
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