African American Historic Places

African American Historic PlacesCompiled from the records of the National Register of Historic Places, African American Historic Places describes more than 800 places in 42 States and two U.S. territories that demonstrate the significant roles African Americans have played throughout American history. Banks, cemeteries, clubs, colleges, forts, homes, hospitals, schools, and businesses are but some of the historic properties explored in this volume, which is a valuable reference guide for researchers, historians, teachers, travelers, 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. The authors represent academia, museums, historic preservation, and politics, and use the listed properties to vividly illustrate the role of communities and women, the forces of migration, the influence of the arts and heritage preservation, and the struggles for freedom and civil rights. Together, the brief histories of each place, the essays, and five indexes lead to a better understanding of the contributions of African Americans to American history. They depict the events and the people, the designs and achievements that define African American history, and they pay powerful tribute to the spirit of black America.

The book was made possible through a partnership among the National Park Service's National Register, the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers. Edited by Beth L. Savage, an architectural historian with the National Register of Historic Places, it is available from John Wiley & Sons at 1-800-225-5945. ISBN 471-14345-6