African American history in the American South

The Fort at Prospect Bluff

Learn the real story of the "Negro Fort" at Prospect Bluff on Florida's Apalachicola River, including how U.S. forces destroyed the largest free black colony in North America.

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Selma to Montgomery NHT

The legacy of one of the most important Civil Rights marches is preserved and interpreted along the Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail in Alabama.

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Jackie Robinson Birthplace

A chimney is all that remains of the sharecropper house where baseball great Jackie Robinson was born. Learn about the early years of Number 22 near Cairo, Georgia.

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A Remarkable Legacy

The history of African Americans in the South is much deeper and more remarkable than many people realize.

Learn the stories of maroon freedom fighters, Civil Rights leaders, Civil War soldiers, scientists, engineers, interpreters, heroes and a Seminole sense bearer as we delve into stories that touch on the black experience.

To learn more, check out the featured stories above and then click the links below to access our full list of Black History stories.

Alabama

Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail

Florida

Battle of Natural Bridge

Prospect Bluff Historic Sites

Georgia

Andersonville National Historic Site

Birthplace of Jackie Robinson

Red Oak Covered Bridge

Louisiana

Siege & Battle of Port Hudson

The maroon freedom fighter and Seminole sense bearer Abraham.

The Fort at Prospect Bluff

Watch the free documentary on the Fort at Prospect Bluff and learn how U.S. forces destroyed the largest free black colony in North America on July 27, 1816.