Remembering Black History Month

February is the birthday month for many famous people including four Presidents (George Washington, William Harrison, Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan).  February is also Black History Month, an annual observance in the United States honoring African-Americans.  

What began as Negro History Week, in 1926 by Historian Garter G. Woodsen, evolved into Black History Month. In 1976, under the presidency of Jimmy Carter, Negro History Week was expanded to the entire month of February and was designated Black History Month.   

Booker T. Washington

There are a number of National Parks & Historic Sites dedicated to preserving African-American history. These sites are located throughout the United States from Massachusetts to Mississippi and celebrate the achievements of notable African-Americans such as Booker T. Washington, George Washington Carver and Martin Luther King Jr. Although most are familiar with these famous Black Americans , there are also sites commemorating less well-known figures.  

William Johnson House, Natchez, Mississippi

Once such site is the Natchez National Historic Park, in Natchez, Mississippi. The William Johnson House was a home and business owned by William Johnson, a free black man, whose diary tells the story of everyday life in antebellum Natchez.  

Armchair travelers may make a virtual visit to Historic Sites dedicated to preserving African-American History here.  

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