16 February 2016

National Trust for Historic Preservation's African American Historic Places Database

The National Trust for Historic Preservation maintains an African American Historic Places Database.

This database lists more than 7,000 historic places from across the nation that are significant in African American history and culture. The information was gathered from various landmark lists, historic site directories, walking tour brochures, and recommendations from state and local preservation offices. This database not only provides recognition for these typically overlooked places, but is a tool for historians, city planners, zoning boards, preservation organizations, and others to better understand the African American experience in a specific town or region.

You can also access an article, Preserving African American Historic Places By Brent Leggs, Kerri Rubman, and Byrd Wood.

This is not the only web site to feature an African American historic places database, the National Park Service maintains the National Register of Historic Places Program and in February highlights featured African American historic properties.

I also found some state databases of interest such as the African American Historic Sites Database (a project by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities).

Are you aware of other databases which focus on African American historic places/sites?

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