Black history is an integral part of the history of both the US and the world. There are a lot of places in NY state that are heavily related to it. Here are the best historic sights to see in Black History Month.
Harriet Tubman, known as Moses of the people, took daring rescue rides and helped countless freedom seekers along the subway routes. Today you can explore the history of this subway and learn more about its journey through the Black History Museum of the New York City Museum of Natural History.
John Thomas and his family were enslaved in Maryland, and the museum delves into the lives of freedom seekers who traveled through northeastern New York on their way to freedom. Take this bus tour to places along the Champlain Line and experience the history of this historic metro system.
Douglass, a passionate abolitionist, was also one of the few men who spoke out against slavery during the civil rights movement in late 19th and early 20th century New York City, as well as in Washington, D.C., and Fall River, New York. In 1968, she became the first African-American woman elected to Congress and in 1972 became the first woman ever to be nominated for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination. Join us to learn more about the history of black women in America and the role of women of color in politics.
The Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s made New York City one of the most dynamic and dynamic cities in America. This story lives on at the Apollo Theater (pictured), where the Harlem Opera Company, the world’s first black opera company, performed. The theatre is temporarily closed but will offer virtual programming via its website, Facebook page, and Twitter account.
The National Baseball Hall of Fame (Central New York)
Jackie Robinson paved the way for future athletes when he signed with the Brooklyn Dodgers and was deeply influential in breaking racial barriers. Robinson’s fearlessness and commitment to the sport made him the first black player to be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. In 2020, Major League Baseball officially recognized Negro League players, and Robinson was later elected to the Hall along with former New York Yankees player and future Hall of Famer Babe Ruth.
Fans can celebrate athletes of all backgrounds on Saturday, July 29, 2017, at the New York City Sports Hall of Fame’s annual celebration of Black History Month.
See the historic center, home to the former US Customs House from 1863, at the Natural History Museum in New York. The exhibition traces the history of the demise of slavery in America and the black inhabitants who helped enslaved people escape to freedom.
Since the museum opened in 1970, it has continued to show works by black artists from the USA and other countries around the world. The Good, Bold and Beautiful, combines African and Brazilian art with contemporary art from New York City, New Jersey, and the Caribbean.
Go visit these historic sights to see in Black History Month to learn more and fascinating facts from the history of black society in the US!