The purpose of this blog is to create a place where images of Black Americana can be shared openly with the public since there are no other online galleries at present. Although Black Americana can be controversial, with some people considering it worthy of being destroyed, I believe that these items need to be preserved as reminders of what mankind is capable of. The hatred, prejudice and racism that spurned the creation of many such propaganda has not died completely, rather it pulses today quietly lying in wait like a smoldering fire waiting on the wind.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Many postcards have been produced with very derogatory messages. Here a some examples.
This site is not involved with the sale of the items pictured. Items that have price tags do so only because they were photographed at antique shops. If you have any Black Americana images that you would like added to this collection, please contact blackamericanamuseum [at] gmail [dot] com.
For me, the images of an uncomfortable past are a great source of knowledge, understanding, even pride. The fact that my grandparents and their grandparents had lived, struggled and rose above a society so entrenched in hatred, myths and stereotypes has been a great source of inspiration in my life.
I realized that rescuing and preserving this slice of history is an honorable obsession. To reach the heights, to climb the difficult mountains of everyday life, we must understand and draw upon the strength of our ancestors. Our manifest destiny has been written and carved out of the uncomfortable past.- Pearl
"Those who cannot remember the past are destined to repeat it." George Santayana