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Family, Farming, and Community: Photographs of African American Life in Putnam County, Georgia in 1941

Today’s Blog is written by Barbara Lewis Burger, a retired National Archives Still Picture Senior Archivist.   A significant percentage of African Americans lived in rural communities until the middle of the 20th century.  According to the U.S. Census Bureau, by 1900, the black population was slightly more than 8.8 million or 11.6% of the […]

“Remember Fort Pillow”: The 150th Anniversary of the Fort Pillow Massacre

  Today’s blog is written by Dr. Trichita M. Chestnut, Deputy Director Production Division of Data Processing at the National Declassification Center (NWD) at the National Archives at College Park, Maryland   “…the black men who were killed at Fort Pillow…and elsewhere, fighting as gallantly and as bravely as any men under the flag, be […]

Providing a New Deal for Young Black Women: Mary McLeod Bethune and the Negro Affairs Division of the NYA

Today’s blog is written by Dr. Jametta Davis, Appraisal Archivist at the National Archives in College Park, Maryland. The Great Depression was one of the most devastating economic periods of the twentieth century.  Between 1929 and the early 1940s, countless American citizens experienced high unemployment rates, increased poverty, and great uncertainty.  For black girls and […]

I too, am Rosie

Today’s blog is written by Dr. Tina L. Ligon, Archivist at the National Archives in College Park, Maryland Black women have a long history of work in the United States. They have toiled in hot fields, cared for other people’s children, cleaned homes, worked in factories, taught in poorly funded schools, and held numerous professional […]

105th Anniversary of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)

 Today’s blog is written by Alexis Hill, Assistant Registrar in the Exhibits Division at the National Archives in College Park, Maryland.   February 12, 2014 marked the 105th anniversary of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Founded in 1909, by a diverse group of people, which included educator W. E. B. […]

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