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Web has African-American historical, cultural treasures

Includes biographies, virtual gallery tour

February 24, 1997
Web posted at: 12:15 p.m. EST

From Correspondent Brian Nelson


(CNN) -- The World Wide Web offers plenty of opportunity to expand your knowledge of the history and culture of African- Americans.

For art and history, start at AFROAmeric@, a site maintained by the Afro-American Newspaper Company of Baltimore.

The site's art exhibit features African-American works on display at the Baltimore Museum of Art. The works range from the 1800s to present day, and are accompanied by information on the artists.


The history museum covers topics from slavery to the Million Man March, which comes complete with a photo album.

The site's Kid Zone contains games, African folk tales, an African history quiz and a monthly look at a featured African country.

Encyclopedia Britannica's Guide to Black History is a sharp collection of cultural and political treasures. The site includes video and audio clips of people who have had a role in changing our world.


Includes biographies, virtual gallery tour


Biographies are plentiful on this site, and a time-line examines the long history of African-Americans in America.

Time Warner's Pathfinder Celebrates Black History through the Ages in an artful manner with a virtual tour of the famous Savoy Gallery, home to the work of some of the best 20th-century artists.

The site also holds a retrospective on photographer Austin Hansen's six decades of work in Harlem and other special features.

MSBET, Black Entertainment Television's cyber-collaboration with Microsoft, launched A Celebration of Black Culture in February to coincide with Black History Month. But the site's creators say they consider every month Black History Month.


The site offers Images of Freedom -- a gallery of art with weekly features curated by Dr. Henry Louis Gates, director of Harvard University's W.E.B. DuBois Institute.

The site also features in-depth looks at the civil rights struggles of the Fifties and Sixties and space for debate on the continuing struggles of African-Americans.


Related sites:

  • Afro-American Newspapers
  • The Britannica Guide to Black History
  • Pathfinder Celebrates Black History Through Ages
  • MSBET - A Celebration of Black Culture
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