The History of Allensworth, California (1908- )

In the article below retired California State University, Fresno historian Robert Mikell explores the history of the only all-black town created in the Golden State.  He traces that history including the role of its principal founder, Colonel Allen Allensworth, from 1908. Allensworth, the first town … Read MoreThe History of Allensworth, California (1908- )

Freedmen’s Town, Houston, Texas (1865- )

Freedmen’s Town is a nationally registered historical site. The site was originally a community located in the fourth ward of Houston, Texas that began in 1865 as the destination for former enslaved people from surrounding plantations in Texas and Louisiana after the Civil War. Freedmen’s … Read MoreFreedmen’s Town, Houston, Texas (1865- )

Frenchtown Houston, Texas (1922- )

Frenchtown, a community built in 1922 in Houston, Texas, was constructed by hundreds of Creole descendants of free French, Spanish, and African people living in southwestern Louisiana in the eighteenth century. Coming to Houston for economic opportunities, they settled and created this community because of … Read MoreFrenchtown Houston, Texas (1922- )

Albina, Portland, Oregon (1870- )

Albina Neighborhood, 1962 (Oregon Historical Society) “Image Ownership: Oregon Historical Society” Albina is a neighborhood located in Northeast Portland, Oregon that for most of the 20th century was home to the majority of the city’s African American population. Before it was annexed into Portland in … Read MoreAlbina, Portland, Oregon (1870- )

Fort Worth, Texas, Where the West and the South Meet: A Brief History of the City’s African American Community, 1849-2012

Fort Worth Politician Bill McDonald With Congressman Adam Clayton at I.M. Terrell High School, Fort Worth, ca. 1945 Image Courtesy of the Tarrant County Black Historical & Genealogical Society In the article below, Fort Worth historian Richard Selcer introduces us to the African American community … Read MoreFort Worth, Texas, Where the West and the South Meet: A Brief History of the City’s African American Community, 1849-2012

African Americans in the Shadow of Mt. Shasta: The Black Community of Weed, California

Weed, California with Mt. Shasta in the Distance In the following article, James Langford, the first black teacher in Weed, briefly describes the history of the African American community there.  Langford, who graduated from California State University at San Francisco with an elementary teaching credential … Read MoreAfrican Americans in the Shadow of Mt. Shasta: The Black Community of Weed, California