February is Black History Month and this year’s theme celebrates the centennial celebration of the National Park Service and shines a spotlight on the more than 25 hallowed sites relating to black history, according to the Association for the Study of African American Life & History.
“Hallowed Grounds: Sites of African American Memories,” includes stops along the Underground Railroad, the home of the father of black history Dr. Carter G. Woodson, Seneca Village, Mother Bethel AME Church, The Kingsley Plantation, DuSable’s home site, and more.
The story of America is steeped in the accomplishments of black Americans, and highlighting locations on the National Register of Historic Places is another way to show the significance of Black history.
Black History Month was started in 1976 as a springboard from the 1926 Negro History Week, which was in February to coincide with Abraham Lincoln’s birthday. It was expanded as part of America’s Bicentennial.
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