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African-American History Comes Alive in Eatonville, FL

In the 1880s, Joseph E. Clarke founded Eatonville as the nation’s first incorporated African-American municipality. Author Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960) brought fame to the town through her writings. Visitors might stroll historic streets, tour the Zora Neale Hurston National Museum of Fine Arts, or attend a major southern arts and cultural festival in her honor each January. Visit www.zoranealehurston.cc

Folk Art, the Underground Railroad and Genealogy

In Tangipahoa Parish, LA, the African-American Heritage Museum displays African and folk art, artifacts from the Underground Railroad, a genealogy room and exhibits on African-American Inventors. Visit africanamericanheritagemuseum.com. 

 

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Despair to Hope: Alexandria's Freedom House

In Alexandria, VA, a new museum that focuses on the era of slavery has opened in the basement of a building where slaves were confined and sold in the 1800s. While Freedom House may seem an unlikely name for such a site, given the history and the changes in American society over the decades, it's altogether fitting.

Today, this former slave market site is home to the local Urban League. It's an important African-American heritage site, but its exhibits deliver historical perspective that's important for all of us, regardless of color or nationality. So join Craig Lancto, a Northern Virginia freelance travel writer, for a look at the new Freedom House museum and how to visit.
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KY Unveils Multicultural Guide

Kentucky has introduced a new Multicultural Travel Guide for visitors. The 40-page guide outlines the sites, activities and destinations that interpret the state's multicultural heritage.

Interestingly, the commonwealth is also seeking people willing to share their stories for use in future publications.

Check it out ...
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The "Wawmanona" in Florence, AL pre-dates Columbus

Native American history within the South is rich and diverse. Many First Nations sites are open to the public with educational programs.

The goal is to help both native Americans and non-tribal visitors understand the culture and heritage of the peoples who lived in the South before Columbus even arrived on western shores.

One such attraction is the "Wawmanona" in Florence, AL. It's 42 feet high and 310-by-230 feet in dimension. For more information, read on.
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