Lighting the Trail The African-American Heritage of Marthas Vineyard by Elaine Cawley Weintraub
Exploring the African American Heritage Trail
Sunshine, sailing, and gingerbread cottages covered with whimsical detailing. And an essential part of that is Shearer Cottage , the oldest African American-owned inn on the island. The first stop on the tour? Shearer Cottage. The story behind the cottage, which was listed in the Negro Motorist Green Book as a safe place for African American travelers to stay, is a major reason why Cawley Weintraub selected it.
Email lightingthetrail gmail. Customized tours reflecting particular interests are also available. Fully narrated tours are available in your own vehicle. Large group bookings available. African American Heritage Trail P. Box West Tisbury, MA
The eighth grade class of the West Tisbury School spent an entire school day creating their own personal answers to the questions: What is history? What does it mean to you?
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Listen Listening While visiting a local bookstore, she was surprised by the lack of information about African Americans on the Vineyard. Weintraub and her team of volunteers initially dedicated four sites, and commemorated each with a bronze plaque. There are now 30 sites around the Island. Weintraub is usually contacted by family members or others who propose that a particular site be added to the trail.
The African American Heritage Trail is a physical entity consisting of a series of identified sites commemorating the history of people of color on Martha's Vineyard. There is also a nonprofit corporation founded by myself and the vice-president of the Martha's Vineyard chapter of the N. The mission of the corporation is to research, disseminate and educate the community of Martha's Vineyard about the African American history of their island. Several sites have been identified and plaques celebrating the existence and achievements of individual people of color placed at each one. A brief history of people of color, whose lives on Martha's Vineyard I had researched, has been published Weintraub,
But on Saturday it got a little easier to find her place. Ogletree Jr. Until she died in — also on Aug. Johnson and West, an only child, grew up like sisters in Boston. Mitchell, an associate professor of English at the University of Memphis.