Supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council

Welcome to the African American Heritage Trail of Martha's Vineyard.

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MA Citation Historic Places We are a not-for-profit organization dedicated to research and education. This site is a chronicle of the experiences of African-American people on the island of Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts, USA. This work is an ongoing historical project. The site will continue to grow as Student Work and additional research is created and posted. The navigation links above provide much information about our organization and services we offer. The map below has hyperlinks to locale-related pages on people and events on the trail. You can also view the Heritage Trail Web Site Map here, or view our Interactive Map here (we're still building this application). We thank you for visiting, and we welcome your support!

Newest Trail Sites
Tankard Home
Tankard Cottage Coleman Corners
Barber Hammond
of Main St.
Quentin Bannister
Sites on The African American Heritage Trail of Martha's Vineyard
Shearer Cottage
Dorothy West Menemsha Escape Sen Edward Brooke Pulpit Rock Powell Cottage Shearer Cottage Civil Rights Five Edward Jannifer Nancy Michael
William A. Martin Capt. Martin Grave Eastville Cemetery O.B. Innkeepers Rebecca Amos MVRHS John Burgess Bradley Church Education Pioneers
Carrie Tankard Carrie Tankard  
Coleman Corners Tankard Cottage Barber Hammond NAACP of MV 1970's HS Teams Cottagers Corner Quinton Bannister   Interactive Map
An Invitation to join us

“There is no life that does not contribute to history” - Dorothy West

Dear Friends of the African American Heritage Trail of Martha’s Vineyard,

We are appealing to all of our supporters and friends everywhere of community history to contribute to our annual appeal on behalf of the Trail.

This year, we have dedicated three new sites bringing the total number of sites on the Trail to 22, and have engaged the entire sophomore class at the Vineyard’s Regional High School in an extensive research project into the Island’s African American history. The students will travel the entire island visiting all of the sites and will have a soul food lunch provided by the Heritage Trail and the Wampanoag Tribal Council, Education Committee in Aquinnah. In addition to all of these activities, we have supported the campaign to save the Bradley Memorial African American church, given tours of the Trail and further developed our web site. These ventures are exciting and rewarding and expensive.

We are a Massachusetts nonprofit corporation and any contributions made to the Trail can be claimed on tax returns as a legitimate expense. FOR EVERY CONTRIBUTION $50 AND ABOVE, WE WILL MAIL OUT AN AUTOGRAPHED COPY OF “LIGHTING THE TRAIL: THE AFRICAN AMERICAN HERITAGE OF MARTHA’S VINEYARD” AND A COPY OF “AFRICAN AMERICANS AT HOME ON AN ISLAND” BY JILL NELSON.

All contributions should be mailed to:
African American Heritage Trail of Martha’s Vineyard,
P.O.B.  596, West Tisbury, MA   02575

We hope to see you traveling the Trail this year.

Elaine Cawley Weintraub, Ed.D. Board President and co-founder
Carrie Camillo Tankard, co-founder, Board Member
Heritage Trail Media
Oak Bluffs, The Inkwell, and the Heritage Trail received some coverage in this piece by capecodonline:

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