Genealogist Joe Beine, whose guides cover a variety of subject, has provided a useful list, African American Genealogy Records on the Internet, at http://bit.ly/1iGRVeR. In addition to links to general listings for slave records, census records, and bank records, his state-by-state list of links can be most helpful.
Origin of month
What we now call Black History Month originated in 1926 and was founded by Carter G. Woodson (1795-1950), the son of former slaves, as Negro History Week. The month of February was selected because both Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass were born in February. In 1976 Black History Week was expanded to Black History Month — a month “set aside to learn, honor, and celebrate the achievements of black men and women throughout history.” (From www.About.com 20th Century History.)
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