Black History Month

In 1926, Dr. Carter G. Woodson began officially commemorating African-American history during an annual week of remembrance. Woodson promoted the observance of “Negro History Week” during the second week of February to coincide with the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln.

Kurz and Allison lithographic print showing African-American troops at the Battle at Olustee (February 20, 1864)

Kurz and Allison lithographic print showing African-American troops at the Battle at Olustee (February 20, 1864)

Woodson was one of the first academically trained African-American historians in the United States. Through his efforts to celebrate and study the nation’s African-American heritage, February is now officially designated as Black History Month.

Black history in Florida is especially rich, dating back to the early 16th century. The Black History Month resources page on Florida Memory features a number of resources on African-American history from the collections of the State Library and Archives of Florida.

Educator and civil rights activist Mary McLeod Bethune: Daytona Beach (early 1900s)

Educator and civil rights activist Mary McLeod Bethune: Daytona Beach (early 1900s)

Stay tuned this month for posts that provide glimpses into the struggles and triumphs of persons of African descent in Florida history.

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