[graphic header] National Register of Historic Places African American History Month

Learn more about Modjeska Monteith Simkins, Civil Rights activitst
Courtesy of the Modjeska Monteith Simkins Papers, South Caroliniana Library, University of South Carolina

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

[photo] Camp Nelson, c.1865, Jessamine County, Kentucky
National Register photograph

Camp Nelson
Kentucky's largest recruitment and training center for black troops during the Civil War was also a refugee camp for their wives and children.

Fox Lake
A resort community for African Americans developed during the 1930s in Indiana


[graphic] Publications

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)


Slave cabin, Keithfield Plantation, Georgetown County, South Carolina featured in the newly revised TwHP lesson, When Rice Was King.
Photo by Sherry Piland
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 eleven ready-to-use lesson plans, available for free downloading, that examine different aspects of African American history. Titles include:

Bethel AME Church, Reno, Nevada - newly listed in the National Register, and highlighted in We Shall Overcome: Historic Places of the Civil Rights Movement
Photograph courtesy of Mella Harmon, Nevada State Historic Preservation Office

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 Southeastern Louisiana'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

  • Booker T. Washington National Monument
  • Boston African American National Historic Site
  • Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site
  • Cane River Creole National Historical Park
  • Colonial National Historical Park: Jamestown
  • Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park: Paul Laurence Dunbar House
  • Fort Davis National Historic Site
  • Fort Scott National Historic Site
  • Frederick Douglass National Historic Site
  • George Washington Carver National Monument
  • Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
  • Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve: Chalmette
  • Lincoln Memorial
  • Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site
  • Martin Luther King, Jr., National Historic Site
  • Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site
  • New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park
  • Nicodemus National Historic Site
  • Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial
  • Petersburg National Battlefield
  • Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial
  • Richmond National Battlefield Park
  • Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail
  • Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve: Kingsley Plantation
  • Tuskegee Institute National Historic Site
  • Virgin Islands National Park

  • [graphic] Learn More

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

    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.

    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.

    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.

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


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