The Northeast

Connecticut

 

1.  First Church of Christ, the Amistad Trials, Farmington

- In 1839 Africans from the slave ship Amistad were transported to Farmington to await return passage to Africa; the First Church of Christ Congregational members were active supporters of the Amistad Africans.

Address: 75 Main Street, Farmington, CT 06032-2274

Phone Number: 860-677-2601

                                        Website: www.farmingtonhistoricalsociety-ct.org

  

2.  Fort Griswold State Park, Groton

- On September 6, 1781, British Forces, commanded by the infamous Benedict Arnold, captured the Fort and massacred 88 of the 165 defenders stationed there.

Address: 57 Fort Street Groton, CT 06340-3903

Phone Number: 860-449-6877

Website: www.ct.gov

 

Delaware

 

3.  Richard Allen Marker, Dover

- Richard Allen founded and became the first Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church in 1816.

Address: Loockerman Street Dover

Phone Number: 302-744-5047

Website: www.delaware.gov

 

Maine

 

4.  First Paris Church, Stowe House, Peary-McMillian Artic Museum, Brunswick

- If it weren't for First Parish Church, there would be no town of Brunswick.

Address: Cleveland Street, Brunswick Maine 04011

Phone Number: 207-729-7331

Website: firstparish.net

 

Maryland

 

5.  Banneker-Douglass Museum, Annapolis

-Is dedicated to preserving Maryland's African American heritage and serves as the state's official repository of African American material culture.

Address: 84 Franklin Street Annapolis, MD 21401-2738

Phone Number: 410-216-6180

Website: www.bdmuseum.com

 

6.  Matthew Henson Memorial, Annapolis

-The first man to reach the North Pole, on April 6, 1906, during the Artic expedition of U.S. Navy Commander Robert Edwin Peary.

Address: 350 Rowe Boulevard, Annapolis, MD

Phone Number: 410-260-6400

Website: www.msa.md.gov

 

7.  Cab Calloway Jazz Institute at Coppin State College, Baltimore

- Bandleader, singer and songwriter Cabell “Cab” Calloway III was born in Rochester, NY, on Christmas Day of 1907.

Address: 847 North Howard Street, Baltimore, MD 21201

Phone Number: 410-225-3130

Website: www.discoverblackheritage.com

 

8.  Eubie Blake Cultural Center, Baltimore

-In the late 1960’s due to a lack of attention being given to cultural arts, the Neighborhood Parents Club (NPC) took on the task of forming an after school arts program.

Address: 847 North Howard Street Baltimore, Maryland 21201-4605

Phone Number: 410-225-3130

Website: www.eubieblake.org

 

9.  Great Blacks in Wax Museum, Baltimore

-The National Great Blacks in Wax Museum is among the nation’s most dynamic cultural and educational institutions.

Address: 1601 E North Ave # 3 Baltimore, MD 21213-1409

Phone Number: 410-563-3404

Website: www.greatblacksinwax.org

 

10.  Harriet Tubman Birthplace, Cambridge

-Harriet Tubman was often called the “Moses of her People” because of her work in the Underground Railroad.

Address: Greenbrier Rd.

Phone Number: 410-228-0401

Website: www.harriettubamn.com

 

  11.   Antietam National Battlefield, Sharpsburg

-The Battle of Antietam ended the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia’s first invasion into the North and led to Abraham Lincoln’s issuance of the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation.

Address: P.O. Box 158. Sharpsburg, MD 21782

Phone Number: 301-432-5124

Website: www.nps.gov

 

12.   Prince George's African American Museum & Cultural Center

- In a world in which the 'virtual' often competes with the 'actual,' we value the real thing. Our stewardship of material objects in our care gives voice to the community we represent and reflects our long history and culture of caring.

Address: 4519 Rhode Island Ave, North Brentwood, MD 20722

Phone Number: 301-809-0440

Website: http://www.pgaamcc.org/

 

Massachusetts

 

12.  African Meeting House, Abiel Smith School, Boston

-The African Meeting House on Beacon Hill was built in 1806 in what once was the heart of Boston's 19th century African American community.

Address: 46 Joy St Boston, Massachusetts 02114

Phone Number: 617-725-0022

Website: www.afroammuseum.com

 

13.  Boston Massacre Site, Granary Burying Ground, Crispus Attucks Monument, Boston

-At this site, tensions between the colonists and British soldiers erupted into violence on March 5, 1770.

Address: Quaker Lane

Phone Number: 617-357-8300

Website: www.thefreedomtrail.org

 

14.  Robert Gould Shaw and Fifty-fourth Regiment Memorial, Boston

-Serves as a reminder of the heavy cost paid by individuals and families during the Civil War.

Address: 14 Beacon Street Suite 401 Boston, MA 02108

Phone Number: 617-742-5415

Website: www.nps.gov

 

15.  Whaling Museum, New Bedford

-Motivated by civic pride and a desire to preserve the artifacts and narratives of the region, the museum was founded by the children of the progenitors of the American whaling industry.

Address: 18 Johnny Cake Hl New Bedford, MA 02740-6398

Phone Number: 508-997-0046

Website: www.whalingmuseum.org

 

16.  Witch House, Salem

-The Witch House, home of Judge Jonathan Corwin, is the only structure still standing in Salem with direct ties to the Witchcraft Trials of 1692.

Address: 9 North Street Salem, MA 01970-3928

Phone Number: 978-744-8815

Website: www.salemweb.com

  

New Hampshire

17.  Amos Fortunes Legacy, Jaffrey

- Amos Fortune, an exemplary citizen of colonial New England, was born in the early 1700s in Africa and came to this country as a slave.

Address: Amos Fortune Forum PO Box 153 Jaffrey, NH 03452

Website: www.amosfortune.com

 

New Jersey

18.  Afro-American Historical Museum, Jersey City

-The Afro-American Historical Society Museum was organized as a committee by Captain Thomas Taylor, President of the Jersey City Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

Address: 1841 John F Kennedy Boulevard West Jersey City, NJ 07302

Phone Number: 201-547-5262

Website: www.cityofjerseycity.org

 

19.  Paul Robertson Center of Rutgers University at Newark, Newark

-The Center was established in 1967 in response to the challenge of providing a supportive atmosphere to increasing numbers of African-American students entering Rutgers University.

Address: 600 Bartholomew Road Piscataway, New Jersey

Phone Number: 732-445-3545

Website: prcc.rutgers.edo

 

New York

20.  Harriet Tubman House, Auburn

-A part of the indomitable legacy of Harriet Tubman was that no matter the odds you face, "keep going." She set goals and objectives that were always obtainable.

Address: 180 South Street, Auburn, NY 13021

Phone Number: 315-252-2081

Website: www.harriethouse.org

 

Rhode Island

21.  Louis Armstrong House, New York City

-Developed a way of playing jazz, as an instrumentalist and a vocalist, which has had an impact on all musicians to follow.

Address: 3456 107th Street Corona, NY 11368

Phone Number: 718-478-8274

Website: www.louisarmstronghouse.org

 

  22.  St. Georges Episcopal Church, New York City

-The church was organized shortly after the American Revolution when it was forced to separate from the Church of England, as Church of England clergy were required to swear allegiance to the British monarch.

Address: Calvary Church, Tracy House, 2nd Floor 61 Gramercy Park

North New York, NY 10010

Phone Number: 646-723-4178

Website: www.calvarystgeorges.org

 

23.  Abyssinian Baptist Church, New York City: Harlem

- In 1808, a group of Africans in America and Ethiopian sea merchants, armed with their faith in God and strengthened by mercies already seen, left First Baptist Church in lower Manhattan and withdrew forever their membership.

Address: 132 Odell Clark Place (W 138th St) New York, NY 10030

Phone Number: 212-862-5959

Website: www.abyssinian.org

 

24.  Apollo Theatre, Hotel Theresa, New York City: Harlem

-The Apollo probably exerted a greater influence upon popular culture than any other entertainment venue in the world.

Address: 253 West 125th Street New York, NY 10027

Phone Number: 212-531-5300

Website: www.apollotheater.org

 

  25.  Shomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York City: Harlem

-Holds and provides access to books, serials and microforms containing information by and about people of African descent throughout the world.

Address: 515 Malcolm X Blvd New York, NY 10030

Phone Number: 212-491-2200

Website: www.nypl.org

 

26.  Studio Museum of Harlem, New York City: Harlem

-The Studio Museum in Harlem has earned recognition for its catalytic role in promoting the works of artists of African descent.

Address: 144 West 125th Street New York, NY 10027-4498

Phone Number: 212-864-4500

Website: www.studiomuseum.org

 

Pennsylvania

 

27.  Afro-American Historical and Cultural Museum, Philadelphia

-Founded in 1976 in celebration of the nation’s bicentennial, the African American Museum in Philadelphia (AAMP) is the first institution founded and built by a major municipality to preserve, interpret and exhibit the heritage of African Americans.

Address: 701 Arch Street Philadelphia, PA 19106

Phone Number: 215-574-0380

Website: aampmuseum.org

 

28.  All-Wars Memorial to Black Soldiers, Philadelphia

- In 1927, the state of Pennsylvania appropriated fifty thousand dollars for the commission of this sculpture to recognize the patriotism of the African-American servicemen from all wars.

Address: BENJAMIN FRANKLIN PARKWAY AND 20TH STREET PHILADELPHIA, PA 19103

Phone Number: 215-636-4433

Website: www.visitpa.com

29.  Mother Bethel AME Church, Philadelphia

-By 1795 Bethel’s Congregation numbered 121 and ten years later it was up to 457. In 1799, Allen was ordained to the office of deacon, making him the first ordained Black person in the MEC.

Address: 419 South 6th Street Philadelphia, PA 19147

Phone Number: 215-925-0616

Website: www.motherbethel.org

 

30.  Black Regiment Memorial of the Battle of Rhode Island, Portsmouth

- On August 29, 1778, during the Battle of Rhode Island the First Rhode Island Regiment, comprised primarily of black soldiers, made a gallant stand which thwarted a British attempt to flank the American line centered on Butts Hill Fort.

Address: Portsmouth, Rhode Island 02871

Phone Number: 401-222-2632

Website: www.visitrhodeisland.com

 

31.  Memorial To Black Soldiers, Portsmouth

-On August 29, 1778, during the Battle of Rhode Island the First Rhode   Island                      Regiment, comprised primarily of black soldiers, made a gallantstand which                      thwarted a British attempt to flank the American line centered on Butts Hill Fort.

Phone Number: 401-222-2632

 

Vermont

 

32.  Garrison Marker, Bennington Museum, Bennington

-Bennington is where the abolitionist William Lloyd Garridon began his career in journalism, as editor of The Journal of Our Times.

Address: 75 Main Street Bennington, VT 05201-2885

Phone Number: 802-447-1571

Website: www.benningtonmuseum.org

 

Washington D.C.

33.  Black History National Recreation Trail

Downtown/Penn Quarter/Chinatown

Directs visitors to sites in historic neighborhoods that illustrate aspects of African-American history.

1100 Ohio Dr. SW, Washington, DC 20242

Phone Number: 202-619-7222

Website: http://washington.org/find-dc-listings/black-history-national-recreation-trail 

 

34.  Emancipation Statue

Capitol Hill

Built almost entirely with funds donated by former slaves, this bronze statue of Lincoln shows him with the Emancipation Proclamation in his right hand and holding his left hand over the head of a liberated slave kneeling at his feet. Park open daily. Free

Address: Lincoln Park, East Capitol St., Between 11th & 13th Sts. NE, Washington, DC

Phone Number: 202-690-5155

Website: http://www.dcmemorials.com/index_indiv0000222.htm 

35.  Frederick Douglass National Historic Site

Capitol Riverfront

The Frederick Douglass National Historic Site preserves the last residence of Frederick Douglass (1818 -1895), one of the most prominent African-American leaders of the 19th century. Tours available. Reservations required for groups of 10 or more. Open 9 am - 5pm (Apr.15 - Oct.15) and 9am - 4pm (Oct.16 - Apr.14).

Address: 1411 W St. SE, Washington, DC 20020

Phone Number: 202-426-5961 / 877-444-6777

Website: http://www.nps.gov/frdo/index.htm

36.  Lincoln Park

Capitol Hill

This historic park celebrates the abolition of slavery in the District of Columbia. The park features the Emancipation statue and the Mary McLeod Bethune statue. Lincoln Park is the largest Capitol Hill Park.

Address: 11th & East Capitol St. NE, Washington, DC 20003

Phone Number: 202-690-5185

Website: http://www.nps.gov/cahi/historyculture/cahi_lincoln.htm
 
 

37.  Howard University

Howard University, a culturally diverse, comprehensive, research intensive and historically Black private university, provides an educational experience of exceptional quality at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels to students of high academic standing and potential, with particular emphasis upon educational opportunities for Black students. Founded in 1867 in Washington, DC, it is the home to 13 schools and colleges offering undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and professional degrees in a number of disciplines.

Address: 2400 Sixth Street Northwest, Washington, dc 20059

Phone Number: 202-806-6100

Website: www.howard.edu
 
 
 
38.  African American Civil War Memorial

Arts District / U Street / Shaw

This memorial is a sculpture commemorating the more than 209,145 Soldiers who served in the United States Color Troupes during the Civil War. The memorial is appropriately placed in the Shaw section of the District. Shaw refers to Robert Gould Shaw, the white colonel of the Massachusetts 54th Regiment.

Address: 1925 Vermont Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20001

Phone Number: 202-667-2667

Website: http://afroamcivilwar.org/
 
 
 
39.  Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial

The new Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial recognizes the history-making civil rights leader and serves as a lasting tribute to the freedom, opportunity and justice for which he stood. Adjacent to the FDR Memorial, the MLK Memorial stands between the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials. Open daily except Dec. 25. Free.

Address: 1964 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, DC 20024

Phone Number: 202-426-6841

Website: http://www.nps.gov/mlkm/index.htm

  

40.  Mary McLeod Bethune Statue Lincoln Park

Capitol Hill

Commemorates the life of Mary McLeod Bethune and the organization she founded, the National Council of Negro Women. The Bethune Council House was Mary McLeod Bethune's last official Washington, DC residence and the first headquarters of the National Council of Negro Women

Address: 1301 E. Capitol St. SE, Washington, DC 20003

Phone Number: 202-673-2402

Website: http://www.nps.gov/cahi/historyculture/cahi_lincoln.htm
 
 
 
41.  National Museum of African Art

Downtown/Penn Quarter/Chinatown

Devoted to the collection, exhibition, conservation and study of the arts of Africa. Open daily 10 am -5:30 pm, except Dec. 25; tours for groups and visitors with disabilities by appointment; call (202) 633-4646 (voice) or (202) 357-4814 (TTY) Monday-Friday.

Address: 950 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, DC 20560

Phone Number: 202-633-4600

Website: http://africa.si.edu/
 
 
 
42.  National Museum of African American 
History and Culture

The National Museum of African American History and Culture will be a place where all Americans can learn about the richness and diversity of the African American experience, what it means to their lives and how it helped us shape this nation. A place that transcends the boundaries of race and culture that divide us, and becomes a lens into a story that unites us all.  Scheduled to open in 2016, the museum is under construction on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., on a five-acre tract adjacent to the Washington Monument. Until then, we invite you to visit our gallery located on the second floor of the National Museum of American History.

Address: 1400 Constitution Ave., NW
Washington, D.C. 20004

Phone Number: 202-633-1000

Website: http://www.nps.gov/mlkm/index.htm