Archives for January 2009

‘In memory of Nancy, a colored woman’

There is no last name on Nancy's grave. The tombstone is half the height of those surrounding it. But it is there - the grave of a former slave buried alongside her former owners in Concord's Old North Cemetery. Read More … [Read more...]

‘Family Tree’ exhibit traces Cape May’s earliest black families

Southern Cape May County was once a haven for fugitive slaves, freed slaves and free-born blacks who came here for the same reason as white settlers: They wanted a place of their own. The blacks owned land here, farmed, fished, operated businesses and built their own churches and schools. Read More … [Read more...] Reports Addition of 170 Historical Newspapers

Naples, FL (PRWEB) January 15, 2009 --, the leading provider of digitized historical and recent newspapers for family history research, announced today the addition of 170 fully searchable historical newspaper articles. This record breaking addition includes over 7 million articles, modern obituaries and other helpful family history information. continues to report explosive growth, increasing its digital archive with over 93 million records--a 58% increase since its launch in 2006. To help researchers discover new information on millions of American … [Read more...]

Slave History of Charleston

The old slave quarters of the Aiken family reveal many stories of slave life and culture in Charleston in the 19th century. Ironworking and the ability to cultivate rice are two of the many technical skills the slaves brought to the United States, contributing to Charleston's economic and rich cultural development. … [Read more...]

The Scurlock Studio and Black Washington: Picturing the Promise Photography Exhibition Opens at the Smithsonian Jan. 30

“The Scurlock Studio and Black Washington: Picturing the Promise,” a collaboration between the National Museum of African American History and Culture and the National Museum of American History, opens Jan. 30 and will be on view through Nov. 15, 2009. It features more than 100 images created by one of the premiere African American studios in the country and one of the longest-running black businesses in Washington. Read More … [Read more...]

PBS Celebrates Black History Month With an Extensive Lineup of Special Programming

ARLINGTON, Va., Jan. 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- From history to performing arts to independent film, PBS offers viewers the opportunity to explore the rich and vibrant history and cultural contributions of African Americans throughout the year, but will offer a special slate of new and encore programs in honor of Black History Month, February 2009. HISTORY DETECTIVES will hit the road to search for the truth about a slave songbook, a guitar once owned by African-American singer-songwriter Josh White and a house that some claim is the birthplace of hip-hop. Henry Louis Gates Jr. dissects … [Read more...]

Historic black towns spotlighted in Lawton

The realty sign touted Taft as an Oklahoma town to call home "amid healthy, happy and prosperous surroundings.” For some black families yearning to escape the scourge of discrimination in the early 20th century, the invitation was too good to pass up. By 1920, more than 50 all-black towns had been established in Oklahoma. The stories of 15 will be on display at the Cameron University library Monday through Feb. 25. Read More … [Read more...]

National Archives Celebrates Black History Month in February

WASHINGTON, Dec. 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Archives will celebrate Black History Month in February with a special showing of the Emancipation Proclamation, an American Conversation with Henry Louis Gates, book talks, and films. These programs are free and open to the public. They will be held at the National Archives Building in Washington, D.C., located on Constitution Ave. between 7th and 9th Streets, NW, Washington, D.C. The Emancipation Proclamation! **February 12-16, 2009 - Featured Document Display: The Emancipation Proclamation** Thursday, February 12 through … [Read more...]