Trending Topics

10 Thriving Black Towns You Didn’t Learn About in History Class

Residents of Seneca Village, New York. Photo courtesy of “Banished” documentary

The Town Destroyed to Make Way for Central Park: Seneca Village, N.Y. — Seneca Village was founded in 1825, when Epiphany Davis and Andrew Williams became the first African-Americans to buy land in the area. Trustees of the AME Zion Church then purchased eight plots of land close by. By 1829, nine homes had been built. The dwellings ranged from one-room houses to three-story houses made of wood and brick. The town also featured three churches and a schoolhouse. According to the Central Park Conservancy, an 1855 census showed 250 residents living in Seneca Village, with 70 homes built.  After a history of just 32 years, the end of the town came when the New York State legislature used eminent domain to seize the occupied land and build what is now Central Park.

What people are saying

8 thoughts on “10 Thriving Black Towns You Didn’t Learn About in History Class

  1. i am always please

  2. Dezaraye Bee says:

    What about Allensworth, CA??? Home to Col Allensworth State Historic Park. 🙂

  3. Jabari White says:

    You def dropped the ball on leaving out Durham, NC. City with the most black owned businesses in the country including the 1st black owned insurance company.

  4. Oh My God !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Sunni, at one time they were all thriving black towns or communities. I am always grateful for any history about my people it inspires me to do my own research and fill in the blanks. Don't stop reading it is another tidbit that would never make history books.

  6. Don't forget "Georgetown" in Washington, DC, where the rich and famous live now. It was mostly black owned….they were paid 20,000 cash and less for their beautiful victorian homes. This information was given to me by Ms. Charmaine Mason, her parents was victim of this scam. (verbal history)

  7. Whoever didn't read the entire article missed out! Most of the towns remained but this is just another instance in how we were duped by the oppressor throughout time. In this instance , even though they were free, they were repeatedly "hoodwinked and bamboozled " by the whitevman!

  8. A very delicious read a thrilling jolt to the mind. I must admit my total ignorance about all of these towns and cities. I did know something about the black cemetary in the Wall Street area of New York, but absolutely no knowledge about Central Park, New York. Thank you so very much this delicious meal of information.

Leave a Reply

Back to top