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11 Must-See Black History Destinations To Visit Across America

Where it all began. Take a trip this February to get in touch with this important part of American history.

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1. Brown Chapel A.M.E. Church (Selma, Alabama)

This church was ground zero for the Selma to Montgomery marches that led to equal voting rights during the Civil Rights Movement. The 2014 film, Selma, tells the story of these marches.

3. National Civil Rights Museum (Memphis, Tennessee)

One of the Nation's most moving Civil Rights sites, the National Civil Rights Museum, was crafted around the Lorraine Motel where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was shot and killed on April 4, 1968.

4. Brown v. Board of Education Historic Site (Topeka, Kansas)

Overturning Plessy v. Ferguson, Brown v. Board of Education declared segregation unconstitutional in American public schools. Schools in Topeka, Kansas, played an integral role in the court decision.

5. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial (Washington, D.C.)

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On the 48th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s march on Washington, this structure was erected in his memory. The memorial features Dr. King in relief as a part of the "Stone of Hope" that includes an inscription based off of his famed "I Have a Dream" speech.

6. Evergreen Plantation (Wallace, Louisiana)

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The Evergreen Plantation is a prime example of Southern plantations during the pre-Civil War period (it even has intact slave quarters). The plantation was used as a location for the 2012 film, Django Unchained.

7. Frederick Douglass House (Washington, D.C.)

Frederick Douglass, orator, writer, and abolitionist, lived out the last 13 years of his life in this house. Douglass was born into slavery but fought for his entire lifetime for equal rights for fellow African Americans.

8. Bunker Hill Monument (Boston, Massachusetts)

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Most don't realize that at the Battle of Bunker Hill during the Revolutionary War many blacks fought alongside the colonial forces. This is an inclusive monument of American history.

9. Port Hudson (Jackson, Louisiana)

Port Hudson was the site of a 48-day long siege during the Civil War (the longest ever on American soil). General Nathaniel P. Banks was ordered to secure the Confederate stronghold of Port Hudson, which resulted in a near two-month battle.

10. Ralph Bunche House (Queens, New York)

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Diplomat Ralph Bunche was the first African American to win a Nobel Prize for his work with the United Nations. Originally from Detroit, Bunche spent his final years in this house in Queens, New York.

11. First Congregational Church of Detroit (Detroit, Michigan)

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This Romanesque and Byzantine architectural masterpiece served as a final stop along the Underground Railroad on the road to freedom further north in Canada. The church offers self-guided tours of its historic attributes.