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Duke Ellington Memorial

The Duke Ellington Memorial  is the first monument in New York City dedicated to an African American and the first memorial to Ellington in the U.S. The monument depicts Ellington standing beside a concert grand, on three tall columns. A the top of each column stand three female figures that represent the muses.  The sculpture […]

St. Louis Walk of Fame

What do Maya Angelou, Chuck Berry and Tina Turner all have in common? They’re all members of the St. Louis Walk of Fame. The St. Louis Walk of Fame is a series of brass stars and bronze plaques set in the sidewalks in honor of notable people from St. Louis, Missouri, who made contributions to […]

Ben’s Chili Bowl

Ben’s Chili Bowl is a landmark eatery located next to Lincoln Theatre, in the Shaw neighborhood of northwest Washington D.C.  The establishement is known locally for its chili dogs, half-smokes, and milkshakes, and has been an integral part of the neighborhood’s history since its founding in 1958 by Ben Ali, a Trinidadian-born immigrant who had […]

Howard University

Howard University is a federally chartered, private, historically black university (HBCU) located in Washington, D.C. Although Howard University has always been open to students of any race, color, or creed, it had a special mission to provide advanced studies for blacks. It was founded in 1867 by missionaries as a training facility for black preachers […]

Strivers’ Section Historic District

The Strivers’ Section is a historic district located in the Dupont Circle neighborhood of Northwest Washington, D.C. It was historically an enclave of upper-middle-class African Americans, often community leaders, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Show More Summary

Howard Theatre

The Howard Theatre is a historic theater located in the Northwest corner of Washington, D.C. known today as the Shaw/U Street Corridor. In its heyday, the theater was known for catering to a largely African-American clientele, playing host to many of the great black musical artists of the early and mid-twentieth century, including such legends […]

Bronzeville: The Black Metropolis

The large expanse of Chicago’s South Side today called Bronzeville (“the Black Metropolis”) was the site of Chicago’s version of the Harlem Renaissance and was home to many famous African-Americans. Gwendolyn Brooks published poetry in the Chicago Defender, Andrew Rube Foster created Negro League Baseball, and Louis Armstrong kept his trumpet singing at the Sunset […]

Jazz Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

The Jazz Institute of Chicago was founded in 1969 by a small band of jazz fans, writers, club owners and musicians who came together to preserve the historical roots of the Chicago’s jazz music when rock ‘n roll had become the reigning cultural and financial force in American music. The Institute sponsors the world renown […]

After Midnight – Broadway’s Cotton Club Musical

After Midnight celebrates Duke Ellington’s years at the Cotton Club using his original arrangements and performed by a world-class big band of 17 musicians hand-picked by living jazz legend, Wynton Marsalis. The timeless tunes set against a narrative of Langston Hughes poetry. Everett Bradley and the cast of Broadway’s “After Midnight”. Photo by Matthew Murphy […]

Wilma C. Rudolph Statue

Wilma Glodean Rudolph (1940 – 1994) was an American athlete and an Olympic champion. Rudolph was considered the fastest woman in the world in the 1960s and competed in two Olympic Games, in 1956 and in 1960. In the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome Rudolph became the first American woman to win three gold medals […]

U.S. Capitol Slave Labor Commemorative Marker

When construction of the Capitol Building began in 1793, Washington, D.C., was little more than a rural landscape with dirt roads and few accommodations beyond a small number of boarding houses. Skilled labor was hard to find or attract to the fledgling city. Enslaved laborers, who were rented from their owners, were involved in almost […]

The African American Museum of Dallas

The African American Museum of Dallas was established in 1974 as a part of the Special Collections at Bishop College, a Historically Black College that closed in 1988. The Museum is the only one of its kind in the Southwestern Region of the United States devoted to the preservation and display of African American artistic, […]

Emancipation Memorial

The Emancipation Memorial, also known as the Freedman’s Memorial or the Emancipation Group, and sometimes referred to as the “Lincoln Memorial” before the more prominent so-named memorial was built, is a monument in Lincoln Park in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Credit: National Park Service Designed and sculpted by Thomas Ball and erected […]

Denmark Vesey House & Marker, Charleston SC

Denmark Vesey, a former African American slave, planned a large rebellion of former slaves and free blacks to coincide with Bastille Day celebrations in Charleston, S.C., in 1822. Vesey modeled his rebellion after the successful 1791 slave revolution in Haiti. Show More Summary

Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church | Charleston SC

Located in Charleston’s Old and Historic District, Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church is the oldest A.M.E. Church in the South and the second oldest A.M.E. Church in the world.  In 1822 the church was investigated for its involvement with a planned slave revolt by,one of the church’s founders, Denmark Vesey. Show More Summary

The Green Book: The First Travel Guide for African-Americans

Like most of their fellow citizens of the time, African Americans eagerly began taking to the road during the 1940s and ’50s to explore the United States, for both business and pleasure. They also had the added incentive that if they...Show More Summary

For Whom It Stands: The Flag and the American People

While many Americans learned that Betsy Ross was the maker of the nation’s first flag in the 1770s, that portion of flag history continues to be debated due to lack of substantive documentation. In Maryland, we know that during the War...Show More Summary

Changing America | Washington, DC

 “Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. Show More Summary

Journey: 450 Years of the African-American Experience | St. Augustine, FL

The birth of the African-American experience took place in St. Augustine, Florida. The first freed Black settlement was established here; the Emancipation Proclamation was read here; on the very streets that were laid down in 1573 by...Show More Summary

Underground Railroad: The Struggle Against Slavery!

Detroit was central to the abolitionist movement with William Lambert, George DeBaptiste and William Webb focusing much of their work in the area and the historic Second Baptist Church having documented the escape of more than 5,000 enslaved people to freedom. Show More Summary

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