Dempsey, Alaska

Historical Summary

Dempsey, Alaska, holds the title of the most westward of the historically black towns founded in the height of the black town movement. Although much of the community’s history has yet to be uncovered, there was a functioning black town there by at least 1893. According to local historians, town founder Melvin Dempsey was active in promoting progress and development in the area, opening the first public reading room in the state.

Images via Alaska Historical Society[ref]49 History, “Honoring Melvin Dempsey, Part 1 & Part 2” The Alaska Historical Society.[/ref]



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