When President Obama vacationed on Martha's Vineyard, in 2009, I felt compelled to write a history of African Americans of Martha's Vineyard, from slavery through abolition and on to Civil Rights. The dramatic history of black Americans thrives along the African American Trail which leads visitors from site to site across the Island. In my book, African Americans of Martha's Vineyard, I captured intriguing anecdotes from the 19th and 20th century, from Shearer Cottage in the Highlands to Olive Tomlinson's account of her ride to the March on Washington in 1963.
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When President Obama visited the Vineyard on vacation, I was interviewed by a reporter from the Los Angeles Times about what attracts presidents to Martha's Vineyard. I shared my thoughts.
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I introduced the speaker at Della Hardman Day at Ocean Park, Oak Bluffs on July 31, 2010. The speaker was Khalil Gibran Muhammad. Very well attended.
I was interviewed by Chattanooga talk radio on August 12, 2010, offering a few words on African Americans who live and vacation on Martha's Vineyard.
On August 7, 2010, I spoke on African Americans of Martha's Vineyard at the Harlem Fine Arts Show at the Regional High School. Good crowd; high interest level. Thanks to Edgartown Books for the invite!
African Americans of Martha's Vineyard
Myriad tourists visit the Vineyard because President Obama now owns property here! This book is a definitive history of African Americans on the Vineyard. Tracing the saga of slavery on the Vineyard, through abolition to reconstruction, the racism of the twentieth century stands out.
Shearer Cottage employees pose for a portrait.
Joseph Stiles, proudly wearing his Navy uniform.
Whether you take a tour of the African American trail or share stories and histories of Black Vineyard vacationers, the story of slavery through abolition through civil rights offers a microcosm of American history. Read about incidents of racism and segregation, consider the society we live in today, and marvel at life of Blacks on the Vineyard today.