African American New England experiences in history are seasoned with the White resistance to Blacks living in the Northeast from Early America until the 20th century. There are few Blacks living in Vermont and Maine today.
An Underground RailRoad, the good White abolitionist, the whaling industry, cargo ship dock workers, Newport’s mansions, the construction and fishing trade, farming, and resistance to the tax greedy British overlords are all part of their story.
A Yankee magazine African American History Sites link page posted in 2008 had is incomplete, but it has good stuff.
On the magazine page were 19 Blacks in Massachusetts reference links, 3 Blacks in Maine reference links and mentions of their legacies in New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island and Connecticut. But most of the links to Yale University African American content no longer work.
This web site is a concierge to information about Blacks in New England. Ask us about it when you travel or research Black people in the region. If you don’t see it we will look it up for you.
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