African-American History & Culture

Culture shapes lives.

“There were no African Americans before the Transatlantic Slave Trade. A new culture emerged out of the trauma of that history and through traditions made and remade on new shores. This self-creation is everywhere in the day-to- day lives of African Americans. It’s in the food eaten, the languages spoken, the art created, and many other forms of cultural expression. Held within and passed through families and communities, African American culture reflects beliefs, informs behavior, fosters creativity, and most of all, sustains the spirit during times of overwhelming adversity.”

– National Museum of African-American History & Culture

 

They run off the Quaker but lynch the Free Black Man.

They run off the Quaker but lynch the Free Black Man.

The mob from neighboring Dorchester County, intent on tar and feathers forced Arthur Leverton to “make tracks for parts unknown” and pitched upon Daniel Hubbard, ready to carry him to Cambridge and hang him merely on suspicion.

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“Tuckahoe” by Robert Durwood Madison

“Tuckahoe” by Robert Durwood Madison

In observance of Black History Month, we’re publishing Tuckahoe, a cycle of poems which beckon us to learn more about Frederick Douglass’s life and times – and to Stand in the Place.

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Where the Dead Rise Up

Where the Dead Rise Up

You might not see them from the road. You have to stop and get out. Walk around for a closer look. Crypts floating to the surface.

This is St. Paul AME Church. It’s one of dozens of segregated black churches that organized in Caroline County and throughout the Eastern Shore of Maryland after 1865.

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How Old Black Churches Die

How Old Black Churches Die

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The Bicentennial Search for Frederick Douglass’s Birthplace

The Bicentennial Search for Frederick Douglass’s Birthplace

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Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Park and Birthplace

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The black blacksmith with a bellowy laugh

The black blacksmith with a bellowy laugh

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The true reason why Frederick Douglass gave his heart to Anna Murray

The true reason why Frederick Douglass gave his heart to Anna Murray

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