Celebrate African American History Month at National Lands

Martin Luther King, Jr. National MonumentHonor African American History Month in the best way possible. Learn about places and people significant to African American history through stories directly from the lands.

The National Park Services’ National Register of African-American Historic Places provides a list of noteworthy locales to visit. The register includes important sites of the Civil Rights Movement and the James River Plantations in Virginia. Other remarkable spots to visit are the African Burial Ground National Monument in New York, the famous Brown v. Board of Education Monroe School, or the new Martin Luther King, Jr. National Monument.

For those not traveling, some places can be brought to you. Take a virtual tour of the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site and follow a three-part web exhibit highlighting the historic town of Tuskegee—home of the Tuskegee Institute and the Tuskegee Airmen, recently featured in the movie Red Tails. Hear the heroic stories of W.E.B. Du Bois, Sojourner Truth, and Dr. Manassa T. Pope. 

NPS is also offering a range of online lesson plans to provide teachers with materials for African American History Month education. Students who want hands-on park experience can apply for cultural and historic preservation internships with the organization.

Learn about more African American Heritage activities at nps.gov.

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