SAH Archipedia Highlights: Black History Month

by SAH News | Feb 03, 2021

The 2021 theme for Black History Month is “The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity.” In celebration of this theme, we have gathered the following SAH Archipedia entries, which focus on individual residences and neighborhoods significant to Black culture and history. Visit SAH Archipedia for these and more entries celebrating Black heritage.

1_Alex Haley Boyhood Home
Alex Haley Museum and Interpretive Center | SAH ARCHIPEDIA (sah-archipedia.org)

The Alex Haley Museum is the boyhood home of Alexander Palmer Murray Haley (1921–1992), the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Roots: The Saga of an American Family (1976). It was on the front porch of this 1919 Craftsman bungalow that young Haley first learned about his ancestors. 

Photo by Claudette Stager

2_Casiville Bullard House
Casiville Bullard House | SAH ARCHIPEDIA (sah-archipedia.org)

This St. Paul residence was built by Casiville Bullard, an African American craftsman. The Bullards were the first Black family to reside in the Como Heights neighborhood.

Photo courtesy of the Minnesota Historical Society

3_Sweet Auburn_MLK birthplace
Sweet Auburn Historic District | SAH ARCHIPEDIA (sah-archipedia.org)

Sweet Auburn developed as the center of African American commercial, cultural, and spiritual life in Atlanta. The neighborhood was home to Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.

Birthplace of Martin Luther King, Jr. Photo by Bill Rand, CC BY 2.0 

4_Dunbar Neighborhood
Houses in the Dunbar Neighborhood | SAH ARCHIPEDIA (sah-archipedia.org)

Arkansas’s Dunbar neighborhood, which largely consists of Craftsman and Colonial Revival residences, has been home to a predominantly Black community since its settlement in the mid-nineteenth century.

Photo by Dell Upton

5_Frederick Douglass Museum and Cultural Center
Frederick Douglass Museum and Cultural Center | SAH ARCHIPEDIA (sah-archipedia.org)

Frederick Douglass and his son, Major Charles Douglass, established Highland Beach as a summer haven for Black professionals in the Maryland and Washington, D.C. area. It later became Maryland’s first incorporated African American town.

Douglass Summer House. Photo by Preservation Maryland, CC BY-SA 2.0




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