Blackdom, New Mexico (1903-1930)

Sunday School Class at Blackdom, New Mexico Image Ownership: Public domain In the early 1900s, the Pecos Valley Region of Southeastern New Mexico Territory experienced an economic boom because of an influx of settlers into the area. African American families were among those settlers.  They … Read MoreBlackdom, New Mexico (1903-1930)

Lyles Station, Indiana (c. 1840- )

“Image Ownership: Public Domain” Lyles Station, Indiana, is a community of African Americans located about five miles west of Princeton, Indiana, in Gibson County. It flourished from about 1880 to 1913, when it boasted an independent, self-sustaining community of about 800 black residents. The roots … Read MoreLyles Station, Indiana (c. 1840- )

Whitesboro, New Jersey (1902- )

Whitesboro, New Jersey was established in 1902 as a town exclusively for African Americans.  The idea came in response to increasing white resistance to black residents in Cape May County, New Jersey.  The African-American Equitable Industrial Association, founded by Reverend J.W. Fishburn and four other … Read MoreWhitesboro, New Jersey (1902- )

East Palo Alto, California (1925- )

East Palo Alto, California is a town of 28,155 residents (2010 Census), located on the San Francisco Peninsula between San Francisco and San Jose. Originally occupied by the Ohlone nation (1000 BCE-1770s CE), early Spanish settlers called the area Rancho de las Pulgas (or Flea … Read MoreEast Palo Alto, California (1925- )

Weeksville, New York (1838- )

Weeksville was a nineteenth century free black community located in what is now the Bedford-Stuyvesant area of Brooklyn, New York.  It is remembered today as a historic site for its community programs, urban employment opportunities, and the promotion of racial respectability. In 1838, only 11 … Read MoreWeeksville, New York (1838- )

Brooklyn, Illinois (ca. 1823- )

1940 Aerial Photo of Brooklyn, Illinois Courtesy Woltz Studios. SK-1A-31 [aerial photograph]. 1:20,000. [Flight of St. Clair County, Illinois]. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Adjustment Administration, North Central Division, 1940. Map and Geography Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. http://www.library.illinois.edu/max/ In the early … Read MoreBrooklyn, Illinois (ca. 1823- )

New Philadelphia, Illinois (1836- )

Frank McWorter’s 1836 plat map of New Philadelphia Image Ownership: Public Domain New Philadelphia, Illinois was one of the most famous of the antebellum all-black towns.  Founded by Free Frank McWorter (1777-1854), a former Kentucky slave who purchased his freedom with his own earnings, New … Read MoreNew Philadelphia, Illinois (1836- )