History should not be forgotten

As a black American, one of my passions is exploring the history of my ancestors around the United States and throughout the diaspora. I hope to continue to respectfully spotlight the cities and towns, those known as well as forgotten, that were here before you and I. Please read the stories and share them with others so that we all may continue to learn and remember.

collection of photos by Thruherlenz

black history around the u.s.

Tulsa, Oklahoma. 1921

As a teen, I recall hearing the term Black Wall Street and feeling so much excitement and a sense of pride because the people that looked like me, my people, were successful black Americans!

When all you hear growing up in school are the stories of those that came before you were slaves and nothing else, it’s heartbreaking. This was the story of triumph that I wanted to hear about!

Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try to understand each other, we may even become friends.”

Maya Angelou
@thruherlenz The Lorraine Motel, located at 450 Mulberry Street, in downtown Memphis. The place in which Martin Luther Ling Jr. was assassinated in 1968. #CapCut #blackhistorymonth #blackhistory #memphis #martinlutherkingjr #civilrights ♬ Jazz - Felippinho21
A visit to Memphis, Tennessee

The Lorraine Motel

If you’re in Memphis, Tennessee, then a stop by the Lorraine Motel at the Civil Rights Museum is an experience you won’t forget.  The last place the late Martin Luther King Jr. will be.