Happy Black History Month! New York offers plenty of neighborhoods, experiences and important sites for those celebrating Black history.
Jamestown and Chautauqua County played an important role in helping enslaved people escape through the Underground Railroad. The mansion, built in 1863, offers libraries filled with archives, educational resources and local history exhibits. Make sure to check out “The Underground Railroad in Chautauqua County,” which explores the story of Catherine Harris, an aid to many freedom seekers escaping enslavement and on the journey to freedom.
Jupiter Hammon was known as the founder of African American literature and was also the first published Black poet. Although he was born enslaved, he managed to learn how to read and write. The Joseph Lloyd Manor House was where he lived and wrote poetry; his first public work debuted in 1761. The manor was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1976 and offers tours.
The Colored Musicians Club is the only operating African American jazz club in the United States. This hot spot for jazz and creativity was formed in 1917 due to discrimination from an all-white musicians union. Learn more about the history of the genre and jazz legends, including Billie Holiday, Lionel Hampton and more.
As many know, Harriet Tubman helped countless freedom seekers travel along the Underground Railroad; she made several daring rescue trips back to the south. At the Harriet Tubman National Historic Park in Auburn, guests can dive into the history of the Underground Railroad and learn more about her journey.
This Manhattan neighborhood became a cultural epicenter of the Black community and beyond due to The Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s. The history still lives on today at important institutions such as the Apollo Theater where artists, including Stevie Wonder and James Brown, performed in their prime. Spend the weekend exploring the Black-owned Harlem businesses and attractions.
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If your family travel brings you to the greater New York City region, opt for a taste of nostalgia (or the grown-ups and fun and imagination for the kids at American Dream’s Nickelodeon Universe. Since I don’t have children, I recruited my best friend and her 6-year-old twins, Declan and Delaney, to help me check out the Nickelodeon-themed theme park and all the ways it brings to life favorite characters from cartoons both past and present, like Rugrats!, which I watched as a child, and Spongebob Square Pants, which is more Declan’s speed.
United Airlines officially became the only major U.S. airline to own a flight training school with the opening of United Aviate Academy on Jan. 27. The moment was made even more historic with its inaugural class, which is 80 percent women and people of color.
There was a time when traveling by private jet was reserved for the ultra-rich and celebrities looking for luxury and privacy, but, in recent years, a new model of private jet travel opened the door for all of us, including family travelers, to experience this mode of luxury travel.
Family travelers, there’s a new attraction coming to Saudi Arabia, as it prepares to welcome the country’s first and the region’s largest water theme park, currently under development at Qiddiya, the future Capital of Entertainment, Sports and Culture. Qiddiya will sit outside the capital of Riyadh. Falcon’s Creative Group is behind the park’s master plan.
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