Happy Black History Month!
I love to travel but for me, traveling the world and experiencing new things is more than the typical tourist spots. Every chance I get to learn something new about my own history, I gladly take it.
As I’ve gotten older, I’ve placed greater importance on becoming more educated about African American history. Sadly, I didn’t learn too much about it in school so I decided to educate myself. From now on, if I plan a trip, I research. So here are some historic locations that are on my African American History bucket list as well as a few I’ve visited.
African American Historic Locations: Travel & Learn
1. Magnolia House – Greensboro
The Historic Magnolia House Green Book site and the first hotel of prominence in Greensboro for people of color during segregation. It housed African American writers, actors, athletes, and musicians as they traveled south to perform during the Jim Crow era.
Today, it is open to anyone looking to host a private gathering, attend upcoming events, or have Sunday brunch, while enjoying the rich history of The Magnolia House.
Address: 442 Gorrell St, Greensboro, NC 27406
2. Beale Street Historic District
Established in 1841, Beale Street runs from the Mississippi River to East Street and is one of the birthplaces of the blues.
Landmarks include the Beale Street Tap Room, Mr. Handy’s Blues Hall and King’s Palace Cafe.
Address: Memphis, TN 38103
3. DuSable Museum of African American History
The DuSable Museum opened in 1957 and is dedicated to the study and preservation of African-American history, culture, and art.
It is known for innovative exhibits like Red, White, Blue & Black: A History of Blacks in the Armed Services and Freedom, Resistance and the Journey Toward Equality.
Address: 740 E 56th Pl, Chicago, IL 60637
4. Historic Westside School
The Historic Westside School was built in 1923 and is currently the oldest remaining school in Las Vegas. During segregation, the Westside School was the only place where African Americans could reside, attend school, or own a business.
Today the building serves as offices and is home to KCEP and its parent company the Economic Opportunity Board, along with Nevada Preservation Foundation and other nonprofit organizations.
Address: 330 W Washington Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89106
5. The Shadows-on-the-Teche
Built in 1834, The Shadows was once part of a sugar cane plantation that enslaved over 200 men and women by the start of the Civil War.
Today a vast collection of 17,000 family letters, photographs, and receipts are preserved in trunks in the attic, which provides this Southern plantation house with one of the best-documented tour experiences in the country.
Address: 317 E Main St, New Iberia, Louisiana 70560
6. Drayton Hall
Established in 1738, Drayton Hall is the oldest preserved plantation house in America still open to the public. The main house remains in nearly original condition. It was never modernized with electric lighting, plumbing, or central heating or air conditioning, and is unfurnished, allowing the beauty of the architectural details to become the focus for visitors.
Address: 3380 Ashley River Rd, Charleston, SC 29414
7. The Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration
Established in 1995, The Legacy Museum is only a block from one of the most prominent slave auction spaces in America. In addition to that, it is steps away from an Alabama dock and rail station where tens of thousands of Black people were trafficked during the 19th century.
Address: 403 Monroe St, Lynchburg, VA 24504
8. The Studio Museum – Harlem
Established in 1968, The Studio Museum is the nexus for artists of African descent.
Address: 144 W 125th St, New York, NY 10027
9. Edmund Pettus Bridge
Built in 1940, it is named after Edmund Winston Pettus, a former Confederate brigadier general, U.S. senator, and leader of the Alabama Ku Klux Klan
Now a National Historic Landmark, this infamous bridge was the site of the brutal “Bloody Sunday” beatings of civil rights marchers during the first march for voting rights.
Accompanied by 600+ peaceful protesters, John Lewis led the march. Alabama state troopers were instructed to do “anything necessary” to stop this march. All who protested, were severely beat, sprayed and hosed. Some even died and many were hospitalized for protesting their right to vote.
Bloody Sunday took place in 1965, only 56 years old.
Address: Selma, AL 36703
10. Underground Railroad Museum
Founded in 1994, the Underground Railroad Museum is located on the north bank of the Ohio River because the river was the dividing line between slave states. Today, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center celebrates freedom’s heroes, from the era of the Underground Railroad to contemporary times,
Address: 121 E High St, Flushing, OH 43977
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11. Kelton House Museum
Built in 1852, the Kelton House was part of the Underground Railroad. Visitors can see actual rooms that were used to help African Americans escape slavery.
Note: The Kelton’s were activists against slavery.
Address: 586 E Town Street, Columbus, OH 43215
Have you visited any of these locations? Do you have any must-see spots to share? Comment below!