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. And take action today to support the work of our African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund.

African American Cultural Heritage Sites

Join us in protecting and restoring places where significant African American history happened.

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