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Old 02-27-2010, 02:55 PM
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Default Unsuspecting locales/areas in terms of African-American history......

What are some areas or communities with a wealth of African-American history that many people wouldn't think of?

Here's some examples from my area:
Black History Month - POWER 106.9 - Today's R&B 'n' Old Skool

The Freedom Trail in Syracuse and Onondaga County, NY

Abolition Hall of Fame (http://www.abolitionhof.org/index.php - broken link)

Gerrit Smith Estate, National Historic Landmark

Syracuse African Americans - Google Books

North star country: upstate New York ... - Google Books

Harriet Tubman - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Jerome H. Holland - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Alex Haley - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Jermain Wesley Loguen - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Bud Fowler - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Moses Fleetwood Walker - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Earl Lloyd - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

New-York Central College, McGrawville - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

George Vashon Law Office
Vashon, George B. (1824-1878) | The Black Past: Remembered and Reclaimed

Jerry Rescue - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Jerry Rescue - New York History Net

Harriet Powell's Escape from Slavery - New York History Net

Thomas and Jane Leonard of Syracuse

George Franklin Grant - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Central New York makes the connection to black history | News from The Post-Standard -

Black History Month | syracuse.com

Notecard - Sarah Loguen Fraser | Syracuse Cultural Workers
Sarah Loguen Frasier (1830 - 1933) - Find A Grave Memorial

AA History 1770 to 1830
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Old 02-27-2010, 05:10 PM
 
Location: metro ATL
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I think most of the answers here will come from the Northeast, Midwest, and West. You expect the South to have an abundance of this history. The only exceptions might be towns/cities in the mountains.
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Old 02-27-2010, 05:31 PM
 
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In Duluth, MN there is a memorial to what I am very saddened to report as a 1920 lynching of 3 black circus workers.
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Old 02-27-2010, 05:32 PM
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I think most of the answers here will come from the Northeast, Midwest, and West. You expect the South to have an abundance of this history. The only exceptions might be towns/cities in the mountains.
That is what I was expecting. I think it will be interesting to see what the responses are.
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Old 02-27-2010, 06:21 PM
 
Location: West Michigan
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Here is one very few would think about. Idlewild, MI.

Another interesting place Covert, MI
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Old 02-27-2010, 06:29 PM
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Here is one very few would think about. Idlewild, MI.

Another interesting place Covert, MI
Good choices and I'm surprised you forgot this community too: Baldwin, Michigan - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Baldwin, Michigan 49304 - InfoMI.com

This is another: Vandalia, Michigan - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

and another: Cassopolis, Michigan - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

I believe Big Rapids and White Cloud were Underground RR towns too.
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Old 02-27-2010, 09:01 PM
 
Location: Southern Minnesota
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I'll add Niles, MI, Three Rivers, MI, Benton Harbor, MI, and Decatur, MI to this list. Southwest Michigan was a popular destination for blacks.

Also:

Larimore, ND Larimore, North Dakota - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Houghton Township, MI (in the U.P.) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Houghto...ship,_Michigan
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Old 02-28-2010, 10:55 AM
 
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Re: Benton Harbor, MI

Something I remember about Benton Harbor from 10 or so years ago is when 20/20 visited that area and nearby St. Joseph and how BH was 90% black and St. Joseph was 90% white. There was kind of an understanding that BH residents didn't venture into St. Joe and the wide discrepancies in income and poverty in towns that virtually bordered each other.

It was kind of shocking to something like that so far into the north.
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Old 02-28-2010, 10:58 AM
 
Location: Southern Minnesota
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Re: Benton Harbor, MI

Something I remember about Benton Harbor from 10 or so years ago is when 20/20 visited that area and nearby St. Joseph and how BH was 90% black and St. Joseph was 90% white. There was kind of an understanding that BH residents didn't venture into St. Joe and the wide discrepancies in income and poverty in towns that virtually bordered each other.

It was kind of shocking to something like that so far into the north.
I live just south of Benton Harbor/St. Joe, and it has come a long way from 10 years ago. I would feel perfectly safe going into St. Joe, or non-ghetto areas of BH, without regard for race. Also, there are now whites in BH, as well as blacks in St. Joe, and the income gap is lessening.
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Old 02-28-2010, 11:22 AM
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I live just south of Benton Harbor/St. Joe, and it has come a long way from 10 years ago. I would feel perfectly safe going into St. Joe, or non-ghetto areas of BH, without regard for race. Also, there are now whites in BH, as well as blacks in St. Joe, and the income gap is lessening.
True and actually I believe there has always been some crossover in terms of Black and White, but there seemed to be more tension there at least back then. I had a college roommate from nearby Stevensville and you have Black folks living there now as well. Coloma is another community that has become more diverse in that area as well. Buchanan is another.
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