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's Black Heritage" booklet lists hundreds of sites across the state, by county.
Birthplace of music legend W.C. Handy; week-long jazz and blues festival celebrates his legacy.
Many places connected with the civil rights movement, including the Rosa Parks Museum. Also, the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site.
Tubman African-American Museum
Junction City, Leavenworth
Buffalo Soldier exhibits and monuments. The famed all-black cavalry unit fought in the Civil War.
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.
Kansas African-American Museum,
Lafayette and Lake Charles
A brochure, "The Soul of Southwest Louisiana," guides visitors to African-American sites.
A brochure, "Explore New York State's Diversity," includes a list of African-American events.
New York City
Harlem spiritual gospel and jazz tours
African-American Heritage Trail
"The Rich Black Heritage of African-Americans in North Carolina," a booklet, details activities, events, and celebrations commemorating the accomplishments of black citizens.
28 sites (including "black Wall Street") and five music and arts festivals.
32 sites offer insight into blacks' long history in the city.
African-American Heritage Festival, African-American heritage trail, and Upperman African-American Cultural Center.
The Ohio Historical Society's website points visitors to many locations of the Underground Railroad.
The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, a 158,000-square-foot museum and learning center, opened last August .
Freedom Trail and sites connected to abolitionist movement.
1-800-796-4282; www.visit clermontohio.com/ugrrmain.htm
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
Underground Railroad Convention, June 18 and 19, with historians re-creating the roles of Frederick Douglass and others.
"Charleston Black Heritage" visitor's guide presents articles of interest from the College of Charleston, as well as information about events and activities.
The city's African-American history stretches from the 18th through the 20th centuries.
Booker T. Washington national monument and heritage trail.
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.
African-American heritage celebrations include festivals and even a soul-food cruise.
Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia and other African-American museums.
Celebrations from John Henry Days in Talcott to Black Sacred Music Festival in Institute.