African American Settlements & Communities Throughout History
Against all odds, they built self-sufficient communities that came to represent the resilience and innovation of black people in America. These emancipated settlements became beacons for free African Americans and sanctuaries for those daring enough to escape the clutches of slavery. While little remains of these early communities and, in some cases, their stories are just being told, these resources will help you share the tales of the rise and fall of black meccas like Oklahoma’s Black Wall Street and New York City’s Seneca Village. Through oral history and the examination of primary source documents, students will learn a valuable lesson about how a plot of land and a dream can become a town, and how everything from geography to racial tension can change its trajectory in only a matter of years.