How Blackdom, New Mexico’s First Black Town, Was Established

There are so many lost black stories hidden inside the crevasses of American history. Some of these stories are fascinating, but to find them you’ve got to do some serious digging.

History books paint a bleak existence for blacks in America during the end of the nineteenth century. But slavery and bondage weren’t the only lives for a black person in the early 1900s.

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Blacks all over the country were building communities to escape persecution from white landowners and the Ku Klux Klan.

While researching some of these communities I came across the story of Georgia native Francis Marion Boyer, who didn’t want to live under the thumb of the Ku Klux Klan any longer.

After the Civil War in 1865, the Ku Klux Klan made it their mission to terrorize blacks all over the country and squash any newly gained civil and political rights by blacks in the south.

The KKK was dangerous their members were able to hide among neighbors and keep their identities a secret. A white person you saw every day could be the same person terrorizing your family once the sunset.

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SOURCE: NewsOne, Bilal G. Morris

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