Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, Washington, D.C.

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African-American History

Explore the diverse pasts that weave our multicultural nation together

The struggle for justice, civil rights, and the fundamental values in our Bill of Rights—a struggle that continues to this day—took place in cities and communities across America, often in unexpected settings.

Take, for example, the A.G. Gaston Motel in Birmingham, Alabama, one of our National Treasures. Built as a place of luxury for minorities during the days of segregation, the motel was at the epicenter of Birmingham’s civil rights protests and demonstrations, and also stands as a testament to black entrepreneurship during the period of racial segregation.

Read on to learn about more of the places and stories that make up the continuum of African American heritage in the United States.

African American Cultural Heritage Sites

Join the movement to save and sustain historic African-American places. The African-American Cultural Heritage Action Fund will help every American see themselves, their history, and their potential in our collective story and national cultural landscape.

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