Tag Archives: African American history

Unexpected history in a South Carolina town

In November 1861, only seven months into the Civil War, Union gunboats captured the sea islands around Port Royal Sound in South Carolina, including the city of Beaufort. The area remained in Union control through the war and the city … Continue reading

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Patricia Brooks – My favorite history site

Patricia Brooks is a historian working in Washington, D.C. If you had to choose one or two favorite historic sites, which ones are they and what about them interested you? The Levi Coffin House in Fountain City, Indiana hands down was … Continue reading

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An unexpected house museum in Breckenridge

I’ll admit it, I didn’t expect to find a fascinating story of African American history in Breckenridge, Colorado, one of the state’s ski towns. A museum colleague suggested I visit the Barney Ford house. I’d never heard of Ford. Since … Continue reading

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