This video by Thirteen introduces Weeksville, an African American community founded in the 19th century in Brooklyn. Today, it is an historic site that interprets the history, re-discovery, and preservation of this special neighborhood as a “multidimensional museum”.
Great post, Max! And Weeksville is still a model — their Heritage Center programs (performing arts) are outstanding, IMO the most exciting and engaging work any organization (large or small) is doing anywhere right now. It would be wonderful to see a comparable commitment to sharing and celebrating the story of a rural free black community –and, yes, I’m thinking of Woodlawn.
Consider thinking about Mound Bayou in Mississippi – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mound_Bayou,_Mississippi
New Philadelphia in Illinois