American History: Forgotten Black Towns

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Exploring New Philadelphia founded by Frank and Lucy McWorter.

Allensworth.

New Philadelphia.

Greenwood.

These are all names of towns that were founded by Black people in the United States. There are others, but I’m sure you get the point. We’ve visited Allensworth National Historic Park in California, New Philadelphia in Illinois, and Greenwood in Tulsa, Oklahoma. I want my children to know that our ancestors were smart fighters. The only reason we are here today, is because our ancestors knew when to pick up arms, when to be covert, and when to just leave.

These towns were created so that Black people could live without having to perform for the white gaze. Many of them were destroyed because the towns were successful. Too often, white people couldn’t stand to see Black people that didn’t live under their thumb. It didn’t stop us from trying to create societies where we could thrive.

There are other towns …  so many other towns. Perhaps my children won’t know them all but we’ll get to as many as we can. This is American history.

 

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