America is still making progress in celebrating the history and triumphs of Black people. In 2021, Tishaura Jones became the first Black woman elected as mayor of St. Louis, just as Kamala Harris was declared the first female vice president of the United States—and the first of Black and Asian ancestry to hold this rank. That same year, Juneteenth (June 17), which signifies the end of slavery in the United States, was made a federal holiday through legislation signed by President Joe Biden.
The legacies of influential Black Americans have not always been acknowledged, so it’s not uncommon that modern-day residents may overlook the historic sites of their own cities. While some historical Black figures are more renowned than others, there are entire generations of historical Black figures—dating back to the days of slavery to Jim Crow to the civil rights era—who have left traces of their vision across the country. Whether it’s prominent figures such as Robert Abbott—who founded The Chicago Defender, one of the largest African American newspapers in the country—or more under-the-radar originators such as Obrey Wendell Hamlet—who, through his entrepreneurial touch, cultivated unique vacation experiences in the Rocky Mountains—one thing’s for certain: there is still a lot more uncharted Black history than we know.
There are 232 sites considered nationally significant for Black history in the U.S. Using the National Register of Historic Places, Stacker identified historic sites commemorating Black history across 47 states. North Dakota, Vermont, Hawaii, and Wyoming did not have Black historic sites listed on the registry. While some states, especially in the South, are home to many sites central to the civil rights movement, Stacker listed the total sites in every state and the names of three historic sites where available. You can visit the full registry of historic places and explore the Civil Rights Trail to learn about additional historic sites across the U.S.
Read on to explore and learn about the historic sites celebrating Black history nationwide.