By Tracy Allen
CALL Staff Writer
Black America’s history is such a complex story that it takes more than just a history lesson about the movers and shakers that defined the life Africans lived from their arrival of the slave ships through the Trans-Atlantic until now.
It is also the reason why the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) has dedicated this Black History Month theme to “The Hallowed Grounds: Sites of African American Memories”.
Instead of focusing on the thousands of black men and women who shaped America’s history, ASALH has chosen to focus on the national historic sites that these men and women traveled or lived. From the Kingsley Plantation to DuSable’s home site, from stops along the Underground Railroad, Seneca Village, Mother Bethel A.M.E. church of Pennsylvania, to Frederick Douglass’ home, to the home of Dr. Carter G. Woodson, the “father” of black history, these “hallowed” grounds are sacred in depicting the story of black life in America.
THE CALL looks briefly at some of these national historic sites:
Kingsley Plantation, Slave Community: A fifth of a mile from the plantation home of Zephaniah Kingsley in Fort George Island, Florida, are the remains of 23 cabins. Arranged in a semicircle, there were 32 cabins originally, 16 on either side of the road. This area represents homes of black slaves and their families who lived and worked on Kingsley Plantation more than 150 years ago.
Want to read more? Buy this issue now: