I’ve had Selma, Alabama on my list of places to visit for quite some time and was finally able to make the three hour drive from Atlanta in early December. Many of Selma’s Black history sites revolve around the Voter Registration and Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. During my trip I was able to visit the Selma Interpretive Center; Ancient Africa, Enslavement, & Civil War Museum; Voting Rights Museum; First Colored Baptist Church; Brown Chapel AME; and Tabernacle Baptist Church.
Since moving to Atlanta and launching Noire Histoir in 2016 I’ve visited several Black History sites within Atlanta and neighboring states. Having journeyed to Montgomery, Alabama twice I passed Tuskegee along the way and made a mental note to visit at some point. I finally had a chance to visit in the late summer and spent part of the day on the Tuskegee University campus and the rest of the day visiting other sites.
The area in New York City referred to as Harlem has existed under its current name for about 360 years.
Usually, with these historical profiles, I try to be as succinct as possible and focus on just the relevant Black History. But, to understand Harlem’s present and put it in context, we need at least an overview of it’s more distant and complete past.