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Black History Resources

African American history is present throughout thousands of documents available through this website. This page offers direct access to highlighted resources centering the history of African Americans in New York State. New York's history is the history of all its communities. Explore the resources below to discover the rich history of New York's Black residents.

For Black History Month the New York State Archives’ presents, “Before Brown: Desegregating New York’s Public Schools.” This exhibit highlights early mid-20th century school segregation battles in Hempstead and Hillburn that were taken on by the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, a civil rights firm founded by Thurgood Marshall. The display, located on the 11th floor in the Cultural Education Center, will be up throughout the month of February. For a closer look at the documents and access to educational materials, visit the Civil Rights section of this resource. 

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Black History Resources from the New York State Museum