African-American heritage across the US

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.

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.

1-800-446-8604 www.durham-nc.com

New Bern

32 sites offer insight into blacks' long history in the city.

1-800-437-5767

www.visitnewbern.com

Wilmington

African-American Heritage Festival, African-American heritage trail, and Upperman African-American Cultural Center.

1-800-222-4757 www.cape-fear.nc.us

Ohio

Statewide

The Ohio Historical Society's website points visitors to many locations of the Underground Railroad.

www.ohiohistory.org/undergroundrr

Cincinnati

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, a 158,000-square-foot museum and learning center, opened last August .

(513) 333-7500

www.freedomcenter.org

Clermont County

Freedom Trail and sites connected to abolitionist movement.

1-800-796-4282; www.visit clermontohio.com/ugrrmain.htm

Wilberforce

The National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center focuses on many aspects of the black experience but one in particular is life in the 1950s.

1-800-752-2603 www.ohiohistory.org /places/afroam

Pennsylvania

Sugar Grove

Underground Railroad Convention, June 18 and 19, with historians re-creating the roles of Frederick Douglass and others.

1-800- 624-7802

South Carolina

Charleston

"Charleston Black Heritage" visitor's guide presents articles of interest from the College of Charleston, as well as information about events and activities.

1-800-774-0006

www.charlestonblackheritage.com; www.charlestoncvb.com

Virginia

Alexandria

The city's African-American history stretches from the 18th through the 20th centuries.

1-800-338-9119 www.FunSide.com

Hardy

Booker T. Washington national monument and heritage trail.

(540) 721-2094

www.nps.gov/bowa

Hampton

Numerous attractions in a city where American slavery had its roots and runaway slaves were later sheltered. Home to the oldest African-American museum in the US.

1-800-487-8778 www.hamptoncvb.com

Norfolk

African-American heritage celebrations include festivals and even a soul-food cruise.

1-800-368-3097

www.norfolkcvb.com

Richmond

Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia and other African-American museums.

1-800-370-9004

www.visitrichmond.com

West Virginia

Statewide

Celebrations from John Henry Days in Talcott to Black Sacred Music Festival in Institute.

1-800-CALLWVA

www.callwva

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