The content in this section is here to provide ASALH members with resources to support their insatiable appetite to learn and share information about our African culture, life, and history.  Enjoy! 

Free African Americans

Free African Americans

Free African Americans

 The history of the free African American community as told through the family history of most African Americans who were free in the Southeast during the colonial period 

Whitney Plantation

Free African Americans

Free African Americans

 Whitney Plantation is the only plantation museum in Louisiana with an exclusive focus on the lives of enslaved people 

Legacy Museum

Free African Americans

Zora Neale Hurston

 Legacy Museum, in Montgomery, Alabama, is steps away from a dock and rail station where tens of thousands of black people were trafficked during the 19th century 

Zora Neale Hurston

Their Eyes are Watching God

Zora Neale Hurston

 More than half a century before construction began on Magic Kingdom® Park at Walt Disney World® Resort, celebrated author Zora Neale Hurston grew up in Eatonville, just 15 minutes north of downtown Orlando. Today, the historic town — one of the first self-governing, all-black communities in the U.S. — honors Hurston’s memory with the Zora Neale Hurston National Museum of Fine Arts, aka The Hurston, and the annual Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts and Humanities, aka ZORA! Festival.  

Zora's Roots

Their Eyes are Watching God

Their Eyes are Watching God

 Zora Neale Hurston was an author and anthropologist from Eatonville, Florida, who through her work portrayed racial struggles in the early-20th-century in the South 

Their Eyes are Watching God

Their Eyes are Watching God

Their Eyes are Watching God

 One of the most important and enduring books of the twentieth century, Their Eyes Were Watching God brings to life a Southern love story with the wit and pathos found only in the writing of Zora Neale Hurston. Out of print for almost thirty years—due largely to initial audiences’ rejection of its strong black female protagonist—Hurston’s classic has since its 1978 reissue become perhaps the most widely read and highly acclaimed novel in the canon of African-American literature 

The Henrietta Marie

Fort Mose: The first free black settlement in North America

Fort Mose: The first free black settlement in North America

 The Henrietta Marie was a slave ship that carried captive Africans to the West Indies, where they were sold as slaves. The ship wrecked at the southern tip of Florida on its way home to England, and is one of only a few wrecks of slave ships that have been identified. 

Fort Mose: The first free black settlement in North America

Fort Mose: The first free black settlement in North America

Fort Mose: The first free black settlement in North America

Fort Mose Historic State Park (originally known as Gracia Real de Santa Teresa de Mose) is a U.S. National Historic Landmark (designated as such on October 12, 1994), located two miles north of St. Augustine, Florida. It was the first free black settlement in North America  

Anna Madgigine Jai Kingsley

Fort Mose: The first free black settlement in North America

Anna Madgigine Jai Kingsley

Anna Madgigine Jai Kingsley was a West African from present-day Senegal who was enslaved and sold in Cuba. She became the wife of a plantation owner, and then a planter and slaveholder in her own right as a free black in early 19th-century Florida.   For books on Anna Madgigine Jai Kingsley Life click here

Carter Woodson

Gullah People linked with Sierra Leone

Anna Madgigine Jai Kingsley

 Carter Godwin Woodson, An American historian, author, journalist, and the founder of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History 

Going to Chicage Documentary

Gullah People linked with Sierra Leone

Gullah People linked with Sierra Leone

 Goin' to Chicago, documentary film, chronicles one of the most momentous yet least heralded sagas of American history - the great migration of African Americans from the rural South to the cities of the North and West after World War II.  

Gullah People linked with Sierra Leone

Gullah People linked with Sierra Leone

Gullah People linked with Sierra Leone

 Family Across the Sea is "Roots" - retold as a historical and linguistic detective story. It traces how scholars have uncovered the connection between the Gullah people of South Carolina's Sea Islands and the people of Sierra Leone. 

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Robert Smalls

Florida Black Heritage Trail

Florida Black Heritage Trail

 Robert Smalls was an enslaved African American who escaped to freedom in a Confederate supply ship and eventually became a sea captain for the Union Navy… and later became a successful businessman and politician serving in both houses of the South Carolina legislature. 

Florida Black Heritage Trail

Florida Black Heritage Trail

Florida Black Heritage Trail

 The first edition of the Florida Black Heritage Trail, published in 1991, was a product of the commission, the Florida Division of Historical Resources and the many citizens who assisted in developing the book. The Florida Black Heritage Trail is a microcosm of African-American landmarks and legacies that exist in various Florida locations. 

The Language You Cry

Florida Black Heritage Trail

African-American Servicemen and Women

 The Language You Cry In tells an amazing scholarly detective story that searches for -and finds- meaningful links between African Americans and their ancestral past 

African-American Servicemen and Women

African-American Servicemen and Women

African-American Servicemen and Women

 Documenting the sacrifices and accomplishments of African-American servicemen and women since the earliest days of the republic. 

A Great Day In Harlem

African-American Servicemen and Women

A Great Day In Harlem

 “A Great Day in Harlem “  …Learn the story and listen to the sounds behind the famous photo in jazz history  when 57 of the greatest jazz stars of all time  posed for a photo in front of a Harlem brownstone 

Barracoon

African-American Servicemen and Women

A Great Day In Harlem

 Barracoon: The Story of the Last “Black Cargo” is an ethnographic account of Lewis’s life. Completed by Zora Neale Hurston in 1931, it was published for the first time on May 8 by Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollins. The slim book is an intense and moving historical account of a life irreparably devastated by the American slave trade. 

Liverpool Decision

Liverpool Decision

Liverpool Decision

 Liverpool council’s decision in January 2020 to contextualize streets named after slave traders shed important light on the town’s infamous history as one of the world’s largest slave-trading ports.