African American History

Weaving a Narrative of Resilience

An exhibit titled And Still We Rise: Race Culture and Visual Conversations, includes more than 40 quilts and is on display at the Mariposa Museum and World Culture Center in Oak Bluffs.

Black History: Jackie Robinson's Friendship With a Vineyard Family

This is the unusual story of the unlikely relationship between two families.

Grace Church Honored as African American Heritage Trail Site

On Sunday Grace Church became the 28th site on the African American Heritage Trail.

Tuesdays in the Newsroom Visits Inkwell Beach and Oak Bluffs Summers

Olive Tomlinson, Gretchen Tucker Underwood and Skip Finley shared memories of their Oak Bluffs childhoods, moving in the orbit of a tight-knit community of African American summer residents.

Honoring Our African-American History

The African American Heritage Trail of Martha’s Vineyard has united communities and augmented the rich fabric of the Island’s history.

Recording Black History on Martha's Vineyard, Filling the Gaps

A groundbreaking project to record the oral histories of 5,000 African Americans has returned to the Vineyard, with more than three dozen videotaped interviews scheduled over two weeks.

Revisiting Shearer Summer Theatre

In the 1940s, a small group of women started the Shearer Summer Theatre. Olive Tomlinson's mother Cutie Bowles was one of them.

Black Whaling Captains Found Liberty at Sea

Of the 2,500 masters who captained whaling ships during three centuries of whaling, at least 63 were men of color, five with Martha’s Vineyard ties, Skip Finley told a rapt audience Wednesday night.

Smithsonian Exhibit Gives Pride of Place to Oak Bluffs

The Smithsonian Institution's new National Museum of African American Culture and History documents the story of the African American community in Oak Bluffs.

In Heated Election Year, Views on Race Stir Hutchins Forum

The Republican party, Donald Trump and the media all came under fire in this year’s Hutchins Forum, in the midst of what will surely be remembered as one of the most consequential presidential elections in modern time.