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Fred Hampton Pool
It is named for the young black revolutionary who was killed before getting to see a non-segregated pool in his hometown.
Added by timstafford78
Oscar Dunn, America's Forgotten First Black Lieutenant Governor
The New Orleans pioneer's legacy has been overshadowed, and an intended monument never built.
September 13, 2017
Earnestine & Hazel's
The juke joint where legendary soul artists ate, drank, and made merry.
Added by TLara
Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park
A ghost town originally established and governed solely by African Americans seeking a place of their own free from discrimination.
Added by themarko60
The 19th-Century African-American Actor Who Conquered Europe
And why you might never have heard of Ira Aldridge.
August 07, 2017
A Look Back at the Desegregation of the U.S. Military
On July 26, 1948, black leaders convinced President Truman to address discrimination in the armed services.
July 26, 2017
Crownsville Hospital Center
The United States' third asylum for African Americans is haunted by its horrible history.
Added by lazyyarts
The Enduring Legacy of the Worcester Whirlwind
Cyclist Marshall W. "Major" Taylor was the first internationally famous African-American athlete.
June 26, 2017
Site of the Rosewood Massacre
A once thriving predominantly black town was destroyed on this site in 1923, and was rarely spoken of until 1982.
Added by AaronNetsky
Bessie Stringfield, the Bad-Ass Black Motorcycle Queen of the 1930s
She owned 27 Harleys and rode them all over the United States.
May 18, 2017
The 'Black Mozart' Was So Much More
Between composing concertos, Joseph Bologne fenced and fought in the army.
April 12, 2017
Records Reveal Hidden History Between Black Chicago Residents and Police
Newly released documents from the Afro-American Patrolmen's League show what it was like in the '70s.
April 05, 2017
Meet Bessie Coleman, the First Black Woman to Get a Pilot's License
The fearless aviator was determined to fly.
March 01, 2017
Cape Town, South Africa
District Six Museum
An excellent and sobering account of the vibrant multicultural neighborhood destroyed under apartheid.
Added by ellenbwright
San Jose, California
Olympic Black Power Statue
A statue commemorating Tommie Smith and John Carlos' brave protest at the 1968 Olympics, a watershed moment for civil rights.
Added by James Ricci
Central Park Was Once Seneca Village, Home to a Thriving Free Black Community
A graphic history of the community displaced for the vast public park in 1857.
December 05, 2016
The world’s largest collection of angel figurines includes 600 black angels donated by Oprah Winfrey.
Added by lewblank
Meyers Ace Hardware
An unassuming store hides relics of its former life as the jazz club that hosted some of the best black performers of the 1920s and '30s.
Added by Paul Dailing
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