African American Historic Places Database

This database lists more than 7,000 historic places from across the nation that are significant in African American history and culture. The information was gathered from various landmark lists, historic site directories, walking tour brochures, and recommendations from state and local preservation offices. This database not only provides recognition for these typically overlooked places, but is a tool for historians, city planners, zoning boards, preservation organizations, and others to better understand the African American experience in a specific town or region. The information is accurate to the best of our knowledge, however, please confirm using the contact information provided.

We welcome corrections and additions to the database. To be considered, places must be significant in African American history, located in the United States or its territories, and worthy of preservation. Preference is given to sites that have a historic building, cultural landscape, or recognizable object (in any condition) or significant archaeological sites (rather than demolished buildings or former sites). Preference is given to sites that are recognized by a local, state, or national government agency and can be visited by the public, however, sites that have not been designated or are closed to the public will be considered. For more information, contact

Please note: if no sites are listed below, please go back and revise your search criteria.

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