10 21 2014
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Quintard Taylor, Online Historian Extraordinaire

Of all the electronic resources available for anyone interested in Black history, www.BlackPast.org is the richest gold mine on the planet. Developed by University of Washington history professor Dr. Quintard Taylor – the foremost historian of African Americans and African descendents in the West – BlackPast.org has attracted millions of visitors to its hundreds of free and easily-searched features since its launch in 2005. "Our mission is to provide as much information as we can on the historical experiences of African Americans and of people of African ancestry all around the globe, to as many people as are interested and who have computer access," . . .

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Online Resources for Researchers

It's never been easier to find photographs, videos, articles and more about Black History on the web. Here is a guide sure to interest people of all ages.
Black Past, www.blackpast.org
The Northwest African American Museum, www.naamnw.org
Oregon Historical Society, www.ohs.org
The Seattle Civil Rights and Labor History Project, http://depts.washington.edu/civilr/
The End of the Oregon Trail Museum, www.historicoregoncity.org
The Washington State Historical Society, www.washingtonhistory.org
The Washington State University Black Oral History Project, http://www.wsulibs.wsu.edu/holland/masc/xblackoralhistory.html. . . .

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Amateur Historian Pushes Behind the Scenes History

Will Bennet, right, receives an award from the City's Black History Month Committee.

Before gentrification, before Northeast redlining, and before Vanport – there was the Golden West Hotel. Sitting in the shadow of Union Station, where a large number of African Americans found gainful employment, the Golden West was a community gathering place for pool games, drinks, meals, haircuts and even a Turkish bath. The early part of the 20th century was kind to the grand hotel and the surrounding Black-owned businesses – the Depression was not.
In the late '80s, a group of concerned citizens formed the Friends of Golden West group. After organizing and building a historical display in the hotel, now owned by the Central City Concern, the group dissolved. . . .

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The Last of the Children of Slaves Speak in 'Sugar'


"Sugar of the Crop" by Sana Butler tells the story of an unprecedented quest to find the last surviving  children of slaves. In a revealing journey that takes the author from Los Angeles to Louisiana, from a Harlem church to a Virginia nursing home, Sana Butler paints a fascinating picture of freed slaves as husbands and wives, mothers and fathers and tells the story of how they raised children after the Civil War. . . .

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A Genealogists Guide to Discovering Your African-American Ancestors


Expert genealogists Franklin Carter Smith and Emily Anne Croom approach the unique challenges to researching African American familial history in "A Genealogist's Guide to Discovering Your African-American Ancestors."
The book uses examples, illustrations and case studies to help anyone:
• Gather and preserve oral and social history;
• Research Census records, including the important 1870 Census;
• Use African American-specific sources, including the Freedmen's Bureau and Freedman's Bank records;
• Work with and evaluate county and federal records. . . .

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