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5 U.S. Cities to Celebrate Black History Month

by Katie Skrzek

Feb 21, 2024

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Bring the family to these five U.S. cities and celebrate Black History Month.

 

Elizabeth City

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Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Spend time at Dismal Swamp State Park. The park has ties to the Underground Railroad, where it was a refuge and community for enslaved people heading toward freedom. Dine at some of the city’s Black-owned restaurants including Allecious Restaurant, Homestyle Bakery & Café and Electric Garden.

 

Academy

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Fort Myers, Florida

Fort Myers Islands, Beaches & Neighborhoods is home to a variety of attractions perfect for a visit in February and beyond. Williams Academy Black History Museum is housed in the schoolhouse’s 1942 addition. It offers a look at the history of the county’s first government-funded school for Black students. Dine in one of the area’s Black-owned eateries, honoring the culinary traditions of the Black community, including Spice Caribbean Bar & Grille and Ella Mae’s Diner.

 

Greater Palm Springs, California

The Palm Springs Black History committee put together a list of community events in the region throughout February. Visitors can further support the community by patronizing Black-owned businesses. Stay at The Good House hotel. Visit Aneka Brown Designs boutique. Take a tour at Sam Cobbs Farm to see how dates are grown. Grab a meal at Brown’s BBQ & Soul Food.

 

Baseball museum

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Kansas City, Missouri

Explore the city’s cultural attractions honoring Black history. A stop on the U.S. Civil Rights Trail, Negro Leagues Baseball Museum highlights the impact of the Negro Leagues in U.S. history. Stroll through the city’s 18th & Vine Historic Jazz District. The neighborhood is home to popular Black-owned businesses including the world-famous Arthur Bryant’s Barbecue.

 

Newport, Rhode Island

Visit God’s Little Acre African Burying Ground, the oldest and largest enslaved and free Black burying ground in the United States. Learn more about Newport’s black history on a tour with Newport History Tours.

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