22 historical sites to learn more about Black History Month
The places below will help you remember and celebrate African American history and contributions.
Beale Street Historic District, Memphis
Beale Street runs from the Mississippi River to East Street and is one of the birthplaces of the blues. Landmarks include the Beale Street Tap Room, Mr. Handy’s Blues Hall and King’s Palace Cafe. Explore its history here.
Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, Birmingham, Alabama
Located in the city's Civil Rights District along with the 16th Street Baptist Church, Kelly Ingram Park and the Carver Theater, this is an interpretive museum which depicts the challenges of the American civil rights movement. Visit the museum virtually here.
Boston African American National Historic Site, Boston
Centered on the north slope of Beacon Hill, the African American community of 19th century Boston led the city and the nation in the fight against slavery and injustice. Learn more about the site here.
Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Detroit
The museum explores and celebrates the African American history and culture. During Black History Month, they will have various online events.
Dunbar Apartments, New York City
These apartments, located in Harlem, were constructed by John D. Rockefeller in 1926 to provide housing for African Americans. Here find other travel places of the civil rights movement.
DuSable Museum of African American History, Chicago
The museum is dedicated to promote understanding and inspire appreciation of the achievements, contributions, and experiences of African Americans. Check out some of their virtual exhibits and events here.
Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, Washington, D.C.
The site honors the life and legacy of Frederick Douglass. Learn more here.
Harriet Tubman Residence & Harriet Tubman Home for the Aged, Auburn, New York
The home of renowned Underground Railroad leader and the charity she founded for aged and indigent African Americans are both open to the public and illustrate Tubman’s life in Auburn between 1859 and 1913. Here's more about the site.
Hinchliffe Stadium, Paterson, New Jersey
This stadium was the home field for the New York Black Yankees between 1933 and 1937, and again from 1939 to 1945.
International Civil Rights Center & Museum, Greensboro, North Carolina
The iconic landmark is a comprehensive civil rights museum. It commemorates the Feb. 1, 1960 sit-ins at a whites-only lunch counter in Greensboro, by the N.C. A&T Four students. Learn more about the museum here.
Kingsley Plantation, Jacksonville, Florida
Kingsley Plantation was established in 1763, making it the oldest known plantation in Florida. Today, the plantation is a house museum, displaying exhibits and furnishings that depict life on the plantation in its earliest years. Learn more about it here.
Lincoln Park, Washington, D.C
Lincoln Park is the largest Capitol Hill Park and features monuments to President Abraham Lincoln and Educator and Civil Rights Activist Mary McLeod Bethune (the first monument to honor a Black woman in a public park). Learn more about the park here.
Little Rock Central High School
In 1957, Little Rock Central High School was the epicenter of confrontation and a catalyst for change as the fundamental test for the United States to enforce African American civil rights following Brown v. Board of Education.
Malcolm X House Site, Omaha, Nebraska
Civil rights leader Malcolm X was born in a house on this site. Check it out here.
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, Washington, D.C.
Completed in August 2011, this solid granite sculpture celebrating King's dedication to civil rights and racial equality. Here you can find some virtual visits to the park.
Martin Luther King Historic District, Atlanta
This historic site includes Martin Luther King Jr.'s boyhood home, gravesite and the original Ebenezer Baptist Church where King was baptized and both his father and he were pastors.
National Civil Rights Museum, Memphis
The museum complex is built around the former Lorraine Motel, where Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in April 1968. Also part of the museum is the building from which his assassin, James Earl Ray, fired the shot. The museum's website offers some virtual programs here.
National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington, D.C.
The National Museum of African American History and Culture is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. Learn more about the museum here.
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Cincinnati
The museum’s mission is to inspire everyone to take part in the modern struggles for freedom by connecting the lessons of the Underground Railroad with today’s freedom fighters.
Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and American Jazz Museum, Kansas City, Missouri
The two museums share a building. The Negro League Baseball Museum was founded by a group of former Negro league players and honors both the players and the role of the league in the community. The American Jazz Museum features interactive exhibits and films in celebration of jazz and its history.
Nicodemus National Historic Site, Nicodemus, Kansas
This site is named after an African-American slave who purchased his freedom. A predominantly Black community was established during the Reconstruction period after the Civil War. Learn more about the park here.
Underground Railroad Heritage Trail, Rochester, New York
This heritage trail follows the routes through western New York of thousands of enslaved people who made the journey to freedom. Here are some resources to learn about the site.