Black Towns

Allensworth, Black Towns

Allensworth, a historic Black Town in California

Black Towns

US_City_separator

Although it is not commonly acknowledged, African presence in what is now described as the United States, does not begin or end with the institution of slavery. Despite this barbaric system giving rise to the most horrific and protracted holocaust known to civilization, the undaunting spirit of African people has proven a worthy match.

The story of black pioneers who actively participated in the town building movement in the United States, is an incredible, yet neglected story. These women and men, facing treacherous physical surroundings and even more harsh and unaccommodating human environments, circumvented legislated racial supremacy by cultivating communities in areas whites considered uninhabitable.

Whether erected as stations along the Underground Railroad or strategic outposts in desolate territories, these settlements were often secluded in swamp lands, deserts, sand dunes or along rocky cliffs. They existed in nearly every state, as well as in Canada and Mexico.

In this text, I highlight independent pioneer communities, some of which continue to exist today. From Dempsey, Alaska to Eatonville, Florida, this missing chapter in America history is revealed.

Morris Turner, III
Author, Black Towns and Settlements

Legacy of Slavery

Harriet Tubman Byway in Maryland & Delaware

Black Towns By State

Alaska
Arkansas

California
Colorado

Delaware

Florida

Idaho
Illinois
Iowa

Kansas
Kentucky

Louisiana

Maine
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri

New York
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Mexico
North Dakota
North Carolina

Oklahoma

South Carolina

Tennessee

Utah

Virginia

Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin

Return to HOME

Close Comments

Comments (4)

Share Comments With Fellow Travelers:

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *