Tuesday, July 16, 2019

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Black History Month

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

Events

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.

Resources

Timelines

Websites

The Following web sites will give you lots of links to information about African Americans.

  • African American History Month - From the United States Department of State.
  • African American Mosaic - A Library of Congress Resource Guide for the study of black history and culture
  • Biography Channel - A website from A&E Television Network. Features biographies, fast facts, a quiz, information about the Harlem Renaissance and an interactive tour of the legendary Apollo Theater.
  • Freedom: a history of U.S. - I Have a Dream, from PBS. Includes learning activities and teacher guides.
  • Guide to Black History - Examine the entirety of the African American experience, and celebrates the achievements of many individual African Americans. From the Encyclopedia Britannica.
  • Museum of African American History - The Museum of African American History is dedicated to preserving, conserving and accurately interpreting the contributions of African Americans in New England from the colonial period through the 19th century.
  • National Archives
  • NAACP - In tracing its 100-year history, the NAACP reflects on the impact of the Civil Rights Movement, the Voting Rights Act and the Anti-Lynching Bill
  • National Underground Railroad Freedom Center - Serves to inspire modern abolition through connecting the lessons of the Underground Railroad with today’s freedom fighters.
  • Office of Minority Health - From the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services.
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