September 2016

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African-American Family

The Road to Freedom

It was the greatest migration in U.S. history. And when millions of African-Americans fled the South in search of a better life, they remade the nation in ways that are still being felt

Bus Station Waiting Room Sign

Objects of Power

These artifacts each tell a part of the African-American story

Great Dismal Swamp

Hell and High Water

Deep in the Great Dismal Swamp, a maverick archaeologist discovers traces of a mysterious refuge for runaway slaves


Black and Blues

Is the great African-American music of the rural South really dying? A rollicking visit to a Memphis blues festival strikes a surprising chord




Children of civil rights leaders keep their eyes on the prize


Black Tweets Matter

“Black Twitter” has become a powerful force for political activism, lightning-fast cultural commentary—and a place to just hang out


Making a Way Out of No Way

From courting Chuck Berry in Missouri to diving for a lost slave ship off Africa, here’s the inside story of the nation’s new African-American museum


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