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United States – National Association of Black Hotel Owners, Operators & Developers

The National Association of Black Hotel Owners, Operators & Developers (NABHOOD) was founded by Andy Ingraham and Solomon Herbert.  The organization was formed in 1998 to assist with the development and increase the number of African American-owned hotels. Their mission is to increase the number of African Americans developing, managing, operating, and owning hotels; increase […]

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United States – Matt and Zemmie Bransford, Mammoth Cave National Park

During the early 1920s, Matt and Zemmie Bransford renovated their house into a hotel for African American tourists at Mammoth Cave National Park. Matt Bransford was a cave tour guide and offered “underground cave tours” for African Americans. African Americans played a vital role in developing the cave tour routes and the visitor experience throughout

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Community Tabernacle, Idlewild in Michigan. Photo Credit: Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

United States – Idlewild in Lake County, Michigan’s Black Eden

Founded in 1912, Idlewild in Lake County, Michigan, was one of the leading African American resorts in the era of Jim Crow segregation. White land developers marketed Idlewild as an all-Negro resort town in Lake County, Michigan, about 300 miles northwest of Chicago, Illinois and 250 miles north of Detroit, through the Idlewild Resort Company.

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Charles Remond Douglass. Photo Credit: © Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

United States – Charles and Laura Douglass, Highland Beach Resort

Highland Beach Resort is one of the most prominent resort towns in Highland Beach in Maryland. Charles and Laura Douglass established the town in 1893, originally naming it Arundel-on-the-Bay. Charles was a son of Frederick Douglass and a Civil War veteran who had bought the Highland land after another Maryland resort denied him entry. In

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