Welcome to Africatown sign. Photo Credit: © Graveyardwalker (Amy Walker) via Wikimedia Commons.

United States – Africatown aka Plateau, Alabama

A group of 32 West Africans, part of an illegal shipment of enslaved Black people brought to the United States, formed Africatown three miles north of downtown Mobile, Alabama in 1860. Retaining their West African traditions well into the 1950s, the area is now known as the Africatown Historic District and part of Mobile’s African American Heritage Trail. It was also listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2012.