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African-American heritage across the US

By Compiled by Judy Lowe / January 26, 2005



A growing awareness of the contributions of African-Americans to US heritage has had a big impact on travel. Suddenly, practically every city and town is telling the world - through brochures, booklets, maps, and websites - about its special African-American attractions. These range from places that played a key role in the days of slavery to sites connected to civil rights movement activities.

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Here's a tiny sampling of what's available. Contact state visitors' bureaus for a fuller list.

Alabama

Statewide

"Alabama's Black Heritage" booklet lists hundreds of sites across the state, by county.

1-800-Alabama www.touralabama.org

Florence

Birthplace of music legend W.C. Handy; week-long jazz and blues festival celebrates his legacy.

1-888-FLOTOUR; www.flo-tour.org; www.wchandymusicfestival.org

Montgomery

Many places connected with the civil rights movement, including the Rosa Parks Museum. Also, the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site.

1-800-261-1100

www.visitingmontgomery.com

Georgia

Macon

Tubman African-American Museum

(478) 743-8544

www.tubmanmuseum.com

Kansas

Junction City, Leavenworth

Buffalo Soldier exhibits and monuments. The famed all-black cavalry unit fought in the Civil War.

www.jcks.com/recreation/ memorials/buffalosoldier.html and www.leavenworth-lansingarea chamberofcommerce.com/cvb/ index.html

Nicodemus

The only remaining all-black town west of the Mississippi is a National Historic Site. The Nicodemus Emancipation Celebration each July includes Buffalo Soldier reenactors.

www.nps.gov/nico

Wichita

Kansas African-American Museum,

(316) 262-7651

Louisiana

Lafayette and Lake Charles

A brochure, "The Soul of Southwest Louisiana," guides visitors to African-American sites.

1-800-456-SWLA

www.visitlakecharles.org

New York

Statewide

A brochure, "Explore New York State's Diversity," includes a list of African-American events.

1-800-225-5697; www.iloveny.com

New York City

Harlem spiritual gospel and jazz tours

(212) 391-0900

Westchester County

African-American Heritage Trail

1-800-833-9282

www.westchestertourism.com

North Carolina

Statewide

"The Rich Black Heritage of African-Americans in North Carolina," a booklet, details activities, events, and celebrations commemorating the accomplishments of black citizens.

1-800-VISITNC

www.visitnc.com

Durham

28 sites (including "black Wall Street") and five music and arts festivals.

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