Hallowed Grounds - Sites of African American Memories
The history of African American unfolds across the canvass of America, beginning before the arrival of the Mayflower and continuing to the present. From port cities where Africans disembarked from slave ships to the battle fields where their descendants fought for freedom, from the colleges and universities where they have pursued education, to places where they created communities during centuries of migration, the imprint of Americans of African descent is deeply embedded in the narrative of the American past, and the sites prompt us to remember.
Over time, many of these sites of African American memory became hallowed grounds. One cannot tell the story of America without preserving and reflecting on the places where African Americans have made history. The Kingsley Plantation, DuSable’s home site, the numerous stops along the Underground Railroad, Seneca Village, Mother Bethel A.M.E. Church and Frederick Douglass’ home — to name just a few — are sites that keep alive the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries in our consciousness. They retain and refresh the memories of our forbearers’ struggles for freedom, justice, and God’s grace and mercy. Similarly, the hallowed grounds of Mary McLeod Bethune’s home in Washington, 125th Street in Harlem, Beale Street in Memphis, and Sweet Auburn Avenue in Atlanta tell the story of our struggle for equal citizenship during the American century.
The National Park Service (NPS) takes responsibility for preserving and teaching about the places that have been central in the making of African American memory. Virtually every aspect of our experience has become part and parcel of the NPS mission, including the home of our founder, Carter G. Woodson. ASALH joins the National Park Service in celebrating a century of preserving the hallowed grounds of African Americans and all Americans.
From the Association for the Study of African American Life & History
San Antonio Public Library celebrates Black History Month every year in February. We have organized great system-wide events to recognize the importance of the contributions so many African-Americans have made to this country.
View the events calendar.