America's national parks weave together a mosaic of African American history. A large patchwork of National Park Service sites were founded because of their pivotal places in history. Other sites highlight the untold stories—the no-less-important, every-day-remarkable stories of African Americans in history.
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You don't need to visit a park to explore African American history! National Historic Landmarks and sites on the National Register of Historic Places also preserve and share African American heritage. Explore a sampling of these important places below.
Places of African American Heritage
McCrory's Five and Dime
Black student protesters brought the sit-in movement to McCrory's in 1961. The movement led to desegregation of public accommodations.
A historic African American resort in Pinecliffe, CO, Winks Panorama was a peaceful mountain oasis for Black vacationers between 1925-1965.
Detroit Assoc. of Colored Women's Clubs
Black women's club members purchased this home in 1941, adding an extra door and changing its address to avoid racist housing restrictions.
Freedom's Frontier NHA
Learn the stories of 19th c. Americans living in KS and MO who struggled to define freedom during the Bleeding Kansas and Civil War years.
This plantation site tells the complex and arbitrary stories of race and enslavement in early Florida.
Lorraine Hansberry Residence
The pioneering Black lesbian playwright, writer, and activist, Lorraine Hansberry lived here while creating her most important works.
African American Civil Rights Network
The AACRN encompasses properties, facilities, and interpretive programs that tell the stories of the African American Civil Rights Movement.
Underground Railroad Network to Freedom
The 695+ sites in the Network to Freedom, honor, preserve and promote the history of resistance to enslavement through escape and flight.
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Last updated: March 17, 2022