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United States – Harlem Cultural Festival, Black WoodStock

The Harlem Cultural Festival (also known as Black Woodstock) was a series of music concerts held in Harlem, Manhattan, New York City during the summer of 1969 to celebrate African American music and culture and to promote the continued politics of Black pride. Notable participants included Nina Simone, B.B. King, Chuck Jackson, Abbey Lincoln & […]

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United States – 18th Century National Parks for Black Travelers

African Americans traveled to George Washington Birthplace National Monument in Westmoreland County, VA, Shenandoah National Park, Hot Springs National Park, and Great Smoky Mountains National Park for leisure. An example of the history of segregation of Black travelers: in what appears to be a reflection of Reconstruction sensibilities, many of the baths at Hot Springs

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United States – Nathan “Nearest” Green, First Black Master Whiskey Distillery

Born into slavery and emancipated after the Civil War, Nathan “Nearest” Green is known as the master distiller who taught distilling techniques to Jack Daniel, founder of the Jack Daniel Tennessee Whiskey distillery. Green was hired as the first head stiller (now, referred to as master distiller) for Jack Daniel Distillery, and he was the

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