Historically Black Towns

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From The Alcade: Landscape Architect’s Research Helps Save Historic Black Towns

From The Alcade: In 1989, Everett Fly, BAr ’75, a landscape architect from San Antonio, flew to central Florida and drove to the Orange County clerk’s office. There, he requested a map showing Eatonville, one of the oldest black towns in the United States. Continue reading the article at The Alcade. History’s Lost Black Towns

From Black Americans have played a vital role in building this nation. Eager to live and prosper as free people, we have established our own towns since Colonial times. Many of these communities were destroyed by racial violence or injustice, while some just died out. The Root looks at the history of these lost [...]

Listen to Professor Ragsdale’s Interview About the Black Town Project

Kali Ahset Amen of WRFG, Atlanta, Georgia's Pacifica Radio station, recently interviewed Professor Ragsdale for the midday news show "The Progressive News Hour." The interview focused on The Black Towns Project and Professor Ragsdale's work to document the  Black Towns of the United States. The interview is available for listening below. To hear Kali Ahset's [...]

#SaturdaySchool: The Black Towns Project – Week 1 of 3

Reposted from The historically black towns of the U.S. have much to tell us about community-building and migration as resistance and empowerment. This week's #SaturdaySchool began a series of discussions on #blacktowns which will continue over the next few weeks. Stay tuned for more! Some Black Towns resources: Sandy Ground Historical Museum Fort Mose [...]

#SaturdaySchool: The Black Towns Project – Week 2 of 3

REPOSTED FROM A few scholars such a Nell Painter, Kenneth Hamilton, and Norman Crockett have examined the historically black towns that were established after the Civil War and Reconstruction. Many historians have viewed these communities as failed experiments or insignificant in the larger picture of African American migration or U.S. history in general. However, [...]