"People are trapped in history and history is trapped in them." - James Baldwin
Understanding Black history is essential to understanding American history. Black Americans have been freedom-seekers, soldiers, intellectuals, teachers, entrepreneurs, and activists. They have challenged the nation to live up to its ideals of equality, justice, and liberty. Our national parks and historic places preserve diverse stories of the Black experience. Read more »
Explore Black History
African American HeritagePlaces
Explore some of the NPS places associated with African American heritage.
African American HeritageEducation Resources
Find education resources associated with African American history in the United States.
African American HeritageTheme Studies
Read theme studies documenting the African American experience.
Last updated: March 17, 2022