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There’s no better place to learn about history than the homes and spaces that witnessed vital events. Black History Month often involves lists of figures and books to encourage the discovery of pivotal African Americans. For 2022, consider taking a deeper dive into Black history by visiting the homes and sites where Black history took place and icons lived. Below are 28 historic homes, sites, and museums significant to Black history; one for each day of the month. Step through the halls and rooms that once housed Black activists, writers, musicians, politicians, and historians and connect with a significant part of American history.
Louis Armstrong House, Corona, NY
- This two-bedroom brick building on a modest street in Queens, New York, housed one of the most influential and acclaimed musicians in American history. The Louis Armstrong House Museum documents the life and cultural legacy of the only musician to have hits in the 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s and 60s. Born in New Orleans, Armstrong’s improvised trumpet solos and scatt singing transformed jazz music. He toured extensively from the 30s until his death in 1971. The museum collections include the largest single jazz archive in the world as well as well preserved 60s era interior design.
Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Site, Wilberforce, OH
2. Charles Young was the first African American colonel in the U.S. Army and a legendary member of the Buffalo Soldiers, the African American ninth and tenth cavalry regiments who served on the Western frontier after the Civil War. Young was born into enslavement but became the third African American graduate of West Point Military Academy and the first African American Superintendent of a national park. He was appointed to teach military sciences at the Historically Black College and University Wilberforce University, where he helped guide and train dozens of future officers. The brick house he lived in with his family is located a mile from campus and is part of the Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument, which includes almost 60 acres of grounds.
Congo Square, New Orleans, LA
3. An unassuming corner of Louis Armstrong Park in New Orleans is once of the most sacred places in African American history. Congo Square was one of the few places where enslaved Africans were allowed the freedom to dance and make music. This gathering place was where traditional African dances and drumming would evolve into cultural expressions like the second line, jazz, and Mardi Gras traditions. Congo Square also served as a place for spiritual rituals and resistance against the racism and oppression in the city. Located in Tremé, which is often cited as the oldest Black neighborhood in the U.S., Congo Square still retains its cultural significance as host to traditional Black social aid and pleasure clubs who parade through the area.
4. Harriet Tubman Home, Auburn, NY
4. The most celebrated woman of the American abolitionist movement, Harriet Tubman was born enslaved but escaped to the North and made 13 trips back into slavery territories to rescue people and escort them through the Underground Railroad network of escape routes and safe houses. During the Civil War she served as a Union spy who uncovered Confederate troop placements and supply lines as well as a nurse for Union troops. After the war, she raised money to help support freedmen and cared for her elderly parents whom she had rescued from slavery. Tubman purchased 32 acres in the abolitionist stronghold of Auburn and built her home as well as the Harriet Tubman Home for the Aged.
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