Black History in NPS Cultural Landscapes

Landsape in front of a brick school includes an oval reflecting pool, trees and turf, entrance staircase, buses, and row of houses across the street
The Little Rock Central High School landscape includes the reflecting pool, trees and turf, entrance staircase, architectural features, and individual homes of the neighboring street.
In the fall of 1957, the school became a site of confrontation and change, representing a test for the United States to enforce African American civil rights following Brown v. Board of Education decision.


America’s national parks help to commemorate more than 400 years of Black history and heritage. From the home of Frederick Douglass in Washington, DC, to the aviation pioneers who broke barriers in flight training at Tuskegee, Alabama, to homesteading families in the Great Plains, NPS sites across the country tell stories of the individual and collective struggles and accomplishments of Black Americans.

Cultural landscapes within these sites provide a unique lens to history. They reveal the complex intersections between people and place, allowing us to better understand actions, events, and lives within broader historical contexts.

Flat, open wetland landscape of tall grasses and several trees, Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad
Featured Places

The history and heritage of Black Americans are preserved and shared in many parks across the country. Explore some featured places.

A crowd of people in a city plaza pull back a sheet to unveil a tall statue of Maggie Lena Walker
Black History & the NPS: Past to Present

Stories of Black History and Heritage in the NPS: Discovering connections to people and places

Cultural Landscape Articles

Many National Park Service sites were created to honor specific individuals or events across our nation’s history. Other places reveal the sometimes more hidden stories and everyday lives. These articles highlight a few of the cultural landscapes that exhibit the dimensions of African American history and culture, past and present.

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    Last updated: March 1, 2024