African American History Resources

African American History Resources at Our Folks' Tales

Photo by Brandon Wentland

On this page, you’ll find some of the African American history resources I turn to on a regular basis.  I’m always looking to expand this list, so please send me links you’d like to see included.


Afroculinaria is a food blog authored by Michael W. Twitty, a food writer, independent scholar, culinary historian , and historical interpreter personally charged with preparing, preserving and promoting African American foodways and its parent traditions in Africa and her Diaspora and its legacy in the food culture of the American South.

Bittersweet: Linked Through Slavery

The BitterSweet: Linked through Slavery authors are researchers, writers, teachers and filmmakers and others, who have come together in this blog through Coming to the Table (CTTT) to share personal stories about the nature of their fraught connections to slavery and racism in this country.  Their intent is to look honestly at the hard stuff in order to blaze a pathway toward reconciliation.

Getting Word: African Americans of Monticello

The Getting Word oral history project was begun at Monticello in 1993 to preserve the histories of the African American families at Thomas Jefferson’s Virginia plantation. Over 100 interviews with their descendants and additional archival research have brought remarkable individuals out of the shadows of slavery. We can now tell the stories of people whose lives and achievements were all but erased over the last 200 years.

Mapping the Freedmen’s Bureau

Mapping the Freedman’s Bureau isThis site is devoted to pointing out the many places that affected the newly freed survivors of slavery. The sites where Freedman’s Bureau offices were located are marked for you. In addition other institutions that served former slaves, are marked – the branches of the Freedman’s Savings Bank, Freedmen Schools, contraband camps, and even the location of battle sites where men who were in the US Colored Troops fought.

Maupintown Media LLC

Maupintown Media is a film production company based in Charlottesville, Virginia. Maupintown produces original documentary films that tell stories of historical, social and educational value.  In addition, we produce promotional, recruiting and training videos, video interviews and commercials for companies.

Coming to the Table

Coming to the Table provides leadership, resources, and a supportive environment for all who wish to acknowledge and heal wounds from racism that is rooted in the United States’ history of slavery.