The history of African Americans and the Civil War are tightly interwoven. The Civil War Trust has made a detailed list of eight sites and events that illuminate that connection during Black History Month.
They include walking tours of the District of Columbia following the footsteps of President Abraham Lincoln, Walt Whitman and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., and also of Boston to the sites where abolitionist Frederick Douglass spoke and Williams Lloyd Garrison published his anti-slavery newspaper, The Liberator.
The African-American Museum in Philadelphia has a permanent exhibit that tells the stories of black residents of that city and the contributions they have made there.
Three lectures are recommended by the Trust. On Feb. 6 at Georgia’s Atlanta History Center, historian and author William A. Link will speak on the aftermath of the Civil War and the African-American contribution in rebuilding the city into the cultural, economic and political center it is today. On Feb. 14, at the Civil War Museum in Kenosha, Wis., historian David Maas is scheduled to discuss the role of the underground railroad at Illinois’s Wheaton College.
On Feb. 22, the National Civil War Museum at Port Columbus in Columbus, Ga. is hosting a discussion on black sailors in the Union and Confederate navies.
In Towson, Md., visit the Hampton Plantation on Feb. 8 to hear stories of the slaves who lived there, and on that same date, visit North Carolina’s Greensboro Historical Museum to meet costumed interpreters who will portray influential black leaders of that city.