African American History

Looking at African American History on Martha's Vineyard Through Real Estate Lens

Richard Taylor's new book, Martha’s Vineyard: Race, Property, and the Power of Place, traces the story of the African American community on the Vineyard.

Ladies Who Own

From the Cottagers’ Corner column in the July 1969 editions of the Vineyard Gazette by Dorothy West.

At Film Screening, Professor Gates Opens Conversation About Race

Union Chapel was packed for Henry Louis (Skip) Gates Jr.'s film about African Americans over the past five decades. His talk later was part college lecture, part humorous observation, part nostalgic Vineyard experience.

Hundreds Gather at Inkwell Beach for a Vigil of Peace and Solidarity

The sound of crashing waves mixed with prayer and music Monday morning as upwards of 200 people gathered at Inkwell Beach in the wake of police shootings and racial violence around the country.

Vineyard DAR Regent Marks New Milestone for Old Organization

Last week Doris Clark of Vineyard Haven became the first African American to lead the Martha’s Vineyard Seacoast Defense chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Charlayne Hunter-Gault Continues the Conversation About Race

Three years ago, with a grant from the Ford Foundation, Charlayne Hunter-Gault began speaking with experts around the country who could shed light on the problem of racism in America. Race Matters, a new PBS NewsHour series that grew out of her efforts since 2012, premiered last Tuesday.

Hutchins Forum Looks to Next Generation: Are Black Millennials Ready to Rule?

Panelists participating in the annual Hutchins Forum last week at the Old Whaling Church took on the broad-ranging topic of whether black millennials are ready to carry the mantle for civil rights.

Civil Rights Activist Julian Bond Remembered

A remembrance gathering will be held in Oak Bluffs this weekend for Julian Bond, the well-known civil rights leader and former chairman of the NAACP who died August 15 at the age of 75. Mr. Bond was a longtime Vineyard visitor.

Heritage Trail Honors for Emma Maitland

A group of residents and visitors gathered on Dukes County Avenue Sunday to commemorate the life and legacy of Emma Chambers Maitland, a woman of many talents, by marking her home as the 26th site on the African American Heritage Trail.

Honoring Lois Mailou Jones, an Artist and a Trailblazer

When Lois Mailou Jones began painting in the 1920s, she did so in near anonymity, a sign of the endemic racism and sexism of the time. But 92 years after her first exhibition, Ms. Jones is now the focus of a new exhibit at the Martha’s Vineyard Museum, running from June 12 to August 23 this summer. Nearly 17 years after she died, Ms. Jones is once again on display in the Vineyard.