Aired: March 27, 2010

African-American Heritage Tourism

Colonial Williamsburg, Monticello, and Mt. Vernon are popular destinations for American history tourism.  However, smaller sites are being developed with the help of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities that focus on the contributions of African Americans to early U.S. history.  Larissa Smith Fergeson (Longwood University) discusses the Thyne Institute in Mecklenburg County, Carver-Price High School in Appomattox, and other sites on the Civil Rights in Education Heritage Trail in Southside Virginia.  Also: Where did African Americans in the south vacation during the Jim Crow era when facilities in the many of the parks were segregated?  New research by Brian Katen (Virginia Tech) is revealing a vital and widespread network of African American owned and developed recreational sites including parklands, amusement parks, mineral springs and camps.


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