BLACK ENTERPRISE is going hard with all things Blackety-Black per usual.
1) Congo Square
Considered the birthplace of Jazz, Congo Square was a gathering spot for the enslaved and free people of color to congregate and socialize, typically, on Sundays. Markets, drumming, dancing and celebrations took place in this historical landmark in New Orleans.
2) Harriet Tubman Home
Not many know the history of Harriet Tubman’s time in New York State. After finding freedom from enslavement for herself and others, The activist settled in Auburn, New York, where she remained till her death in 1913. At one point, the Tubman home was used for “the Aged and Infirm Negros.” Her home is now a national historical park site.
3) Montgomery Riverfront
4) Lillie Carroll Jackson Civil Rights Museum
5) Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
The Schomburg Center is the epicenter of Black cultural information in Harlem. The research library is a New York Public Library and upholds its namesake vision in exhibiting, preserving, and making accessible “materials focused on African American, African Diaspora, and African experiences.”
6) Hammond House Museum
7) Lorraine Hotel
The Lorraine Hotel in Memphis is where Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated. The historical site is eerie in that it has been preserved in its original state since Dr. King’s senseless murder, transporting visitors back to April 4, 1968. The hotel is connected to the National Civil Rights Museum.
8) John Coltrane Church
Located in the San Francisco Bay area is a house of worship that honors the late great Jazz musician John Coltrane. Parishioners engage in a Sunday mass that welcomes participation in song and dance. Churchgoers can bring instruments to play during church service. The first Sunday of the month, the church hosts A Love Supreme Meditation where folks can “calm the mind and tune into the spirit.”
9) Oyotunji African Village
10) Door Of No Return
As history has it, Africans were stolen from their villages and sold into chattel slavery. On the Cape Coast of Africa, located in Ghana, is Elmina Castle’s door of no return which signifies this horrible transaction and marks the exit from the mother continent, the journey of the middle passage and the entry to the Transatlantic slave trade. It would be the last time enslaved Africans would touch native soil.
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Source: Black Enterprise