Black Heritage Sites
An African American Odyssey and Finder's GuideBook - 1996
A Choice Outstanding Academic Book of 1996, this moving guide locates significant places in African American history and supplies more recent addresses, phone numbers, and visitor's information than any other source in print. Beyond that, the guide is a valuable historical reference that gives the human context of these heritage sites, and is a moving exposition of the struggle of African Americans toward freedom and equal participation in American society.
On a personal odyssey to connect with her own heritage, distinguished educator Curtis traveled to most of the sites herself to provide rich descriptions, photographs, and anecdotes about many of the people, famous and obscure, who have been integral to African American movements toward freedom and equality.
A Choice Outstanding Academic Book of 1996, this moving guide locates significant places in African American history and supplies more recent addresses, phone numbers, and visitor's information than any other source in print.
Clearly a labor of love, this compilation is more than a simple listing of sites relevant to the African American experience in each state (which alone would be of value). Arranged in five sections according to region (and within each region, by state), each section begins with a narrative discussing Black history and experience in that region. Sites are thoroughly described for their history and significance, and the practicalities of visiting them (e.g. address, telephone, visiting hours) are included. Curtis's clear black & white photos of many sites enhance the text admirably (more photos in future editions of this guide would be welcomed). Each state has its own bibliography of works consulted. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
Lists historic sites related to African American history, organized geographically, and discusses the significance of each site