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African-American History

If you need information for a school project or are interested in African-American History, this is a great place to start! We have listed the following websites for your convenience.

  • African American Experience

    Colonial Williamsburg has a website with sections on the life of slaves in Colonial America, slave conspiracies, biographical fact sheets, audio files to listen to and more.

  • Underground Railroad

    Here is a helpful site all about the Underground Railroad from National Geographic Online. You can take an interactive journey to see the choices that runaway slaves had to make in their plight for freedom. Also includes a timeline, travel routes, classroom ideas (good for home schoolers), and famous faces connected with the fight for freedom.

  • The Story of Africa

    Explore the early history of Africa, traditional African religions, and the kingdoms within this fascinating continent.

  • Understanding Slavery

    An informative site from Discovery Education that teaches about the history of slavery. Aimed at grades 5-8, it includes information for teachers and further references as well. You can follow a timeline of the actual life of slave, Olaudah Equiano, actually taken from his autobiography.

  • The African American Mosaic

    A Library of Congress Study Guide for African-American History and culture which is quite comprehensive and provides many valuable links to related topics.


    Government site with sections for grades K-5 and 6-8, containing links to the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian websites for African-American History and people under sections such as social studies, science and art.

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Keep in mind that the Ocean County Library has a wonderful collection of books and materials on this subject as well. Visit one of our libraries or access our online catalog to view our collection. If you need further help contact your local librarian.