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African American Heritage Trail Martha's Vineyard

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Our story and our mission for the future.The African American Heritage Trail of Martha’s Vineyard

The African American Heritage Trail of Martha’s Vineyard is a Massachusetts nonprofit corporation with a multifaceted mission. It began in 1998 as a collaboration between two strong, determined women who were frustrated by the lack of recognition both in our schools and in the Island’s, official history of the major role played by African American people in the story of the Vineyard.
Elaine Cawley Weintraub, a native of Ireland, was determined to right the wrongs that she had seen as an educator and research the history of people of color on Martha’s Vineyard, and give that history to her students and to the community. Carrie Camillo Tankard, then and now vice president of the MVNAACP, was tired of visiting schools with material to try and encourage them to include African American history in their curriculum. They combined Elaine’s history research and Carrie’s community outreach to develop the African American Heritage Trail.
Initially, they were excited about the idea of developing a physical Trail with bronze plaques celebrating the lives of significant people in the story and had a goal of installing four plaques. Now, 20 years later, they have just dedicated four more sites in 2018 bringing their total to 30. The most recent site to be dedicated was the Dukes County Courthouse where the life of Judge Herbert E. Tucker, Jr. was celebrated with a Heritage Trail plaque on the wall of the courthouse.
The AAHTMV has no corporate sponsors and is financed through our Cultural Heritage tour program and the sale of our book: Lighting the Trail: the African American Heritage of Martha’s Vineyard.
Our mission:

To ensure that this underserved history will never be lost again and so we continue to build the Trail that now has sites in every Island town.

To educate the Island community and this we do through local media, our Facebook page, coverage by national press and the tour program.

To educate Island youth about the vital importance of African American history as part of their Island history. For many years, the AAHTMV curriculum was a vital part of the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School history but following a change of administration in 2016/17 and a serious racial incident that obliterated all evidence of the AAHTMV’s work in the high school perpetuated by an adult member of staff that connection ended. We still pursue that education and during 2017/18 we were active in the Oak Bluffs and West Tisbury elementary schools bringing the curriculum to the students and sharing the Trail with them.

We also mentor students in the public schools, employ interns in the summer tour program and give scholarships to graduating seniors. In 2018, we have given four scholarships each of $500 to students who have satisfied us that they worked during their school career to improve cultural understanding.

To provide economic opportunity for our Island community and to this end we hire community leaders who are educated in African American history and who have completed the AAHTMV training program. We provide serious history tours. In the summer of 2018, we have appointed six tour leaders, drawn from all Island communities and have worked with three interns on the cultural heritage program throughout the summer.

Our work goes on: there are many more sites to be dedicated. Some honor families and some are strategic in that we aim to present the fully inclusive picture of the African American Heritage of Martha’s Vineyard. We will continue to advocate in the schools, developing more curricula material, build on our cultural heritage tourism program by developing several customized tours that reflect the incredible range of stories and will continue to be an organization standing for justice and inclusion on Martha’s Vineyard.

There is a donate button on our website mvafricanamericanheritagetrail.org/ and perhaps when considering donating to a worthy cause, please consider us. If you order from Amazon, you might consider ordering through Amazon Smile which will allow Amazon to make a small donation to us.

I'm for truth, no matter who tells it. I'm for justice, no matter who it's for or against. (Malcolm X)

Elaine Cawley Weintraub, Ed.D Carrie Camillo Tankard
Cofounder AAHTMV Cofounder AAHTMV
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Our story and our mission for the future.

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African American Heritage Trail Martha's Vineyard

The African American Heritage Trail of Martha’s Vineyard

The African American Heritage Trail of Martha’s Vineyard is a Massachusetts nonprofit corporation with a multifaceted mission. It began in 1998 as a collaboration between two strong, determined women who were frustrated by the lack of recognition both in our schools and in the Island’s, official history of the major role played by African American people in the story of the Vineyard.
Elaine Cawley Weintraub, a native of Ireland, was determined to right the wrongs that she had seen as an educator and research the history of people of color on Martha’s Vineyard, and give that history to her students and to the community. Carrie Camillo Tankard, then and now vice president of the MVNAACP, was tired of visiting schools with material to try and encourage them to include African American history in their curriculum. They combined Elaine’s history research and Carrie’s community outreach to develop the African American Heritage Trail.
Initially, they were excited about the idea of developing a physical Trail with bronze plaques celebrating the lives of significant people in the story and had a goal of installing four plaques. Now, 20 years later, they have just dedicated four more sites in 2018 bringing their total to 30. The most recent site to be dedicated was the Dukes County Courthouse where the life of Judge Herbert E. Tucker, Jr. was celebrated with a Heritage Trail plaque on the wall of the courthouse.
The AAHTMV has no corporate sponsors and is financed through our Cultural Heritage tour program and the sale of our book: Lighting the Trail: the African American Heritage of Martha’s Vineyard.
Our mission:

To ensure that this underserved history will never be lost again and so we continue to build the Trail that now has sites in every Island town.

To educate the Island community and this we do through local media, our Facebook page, coverage by national press and the tour program.

To educate Island youth about the vital importance of African American history as part of their Island history. For many years, the AAHTMV curriculum was a vital part of the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School history but following a change of administration in 2016/17 and a serious racial incident that obliterated all evidence of the AAHTMV’s work in the high school perpetuated by an adult member of staff that connection ended. We still pursue that education and during 2017/18 we were active in the Oak Bluffs and West Tisbury elementary schools bringing the curriculum to the students and sharing the Trail with them.

We also mentor students in the public schools, employ interns in the summer tour program and give scholarships to graduating seniors. In 2018, we have given four scholarships each of $500 to students who have satisfied us that they worked during their school career to improve cultural understanding.

To provide economic opportunity for our Island community and to this end we hire community leaders who are educated in African American history and who have completed the AAHTMV training program. We provide serious history tours. In the summer of 2018, we have appointed six tour leaders, drawn from all Island communities and have worked with three interns on the cultural heritage program throughout the summer.

Our work goes on: there are many more sites to be dedicated. Some honor families and some are strategic in that we aim to present the fully inclusive picture of the African American Heritage of Martha’s Vineyard. We will continue to advocate in the schools, developing more curricula material, build on our cultural heritage tourism program by developing several customized tours that reflect the incredible range of stories and will continue to be an organization standing for justice and inclusion on Martha’s Vineyard.

There is a donate button on our website mvafricanamericanheritagetrail.org/ and perhaps when considering donating to a worthy cause, please consider us. If you order from Amazon, you might consider ordering through Amazon Smile which will allow Amazon to make a small donation to us.

I'm for truth, no matter who tells it. I'm for justice, no matter who it's for or against. (Malcolm X)

Elaine Cawley Weintraub, Ed.D Carrie Camillo Tankard
Cofounder AAHTMV Cofounder AAHTMV
...

The African American Heritage Trail of Martha’s Vineyard

The African American Heritage Trail of Martha’s Vineyard is a Massachusetts nonprofit corporation with a multifaceted mission.  It began in 1998 as a collaboration between two strong, determined women who were frustrated by the lack of recognition both in our schools and in the Island’s, official history of the major role played by African American people in the story of the Vineyard.  
Elaine Cawley Weintraub, a native of Ireland, was determined to right the wrongs that she had seen as an educator and research the history of people of color on Martha’s Vineyard, and give that history to her students and to the community.  Carrie Camillo Tankard, then and now vice president of the MVNAACP, was tired of visiting schools with material to try and encourage them to include African American history in their curriculum.  They combined Elaine’s history research and Carrie’s community outreach to develop the African American Heritage Trail.  
Initially, they were excited about the idea of developing a physical Trail with bronze plaques celebrating the lives of significant people in the story and had a goal of installing four plaques.  Now, 20 years later, they have just dedicated four more sites in 2018 bringing their total to 30.  The most recent site to be dedicated was the Dukes County Courthouse where the life of Judge Herbert E. Tucker, Jr. was celebrated with a Heritage Trail plaque on the wall of the courthouse.
The AAHTMV has no corporate sponsors and is financed through our Cultural Heritage tour program and the sale of our book: Lighting the Trail: the African American Heritage of Martha’s Vineyard.
Our mission:

To ensure that this underserved history will never be lost again and so we continue to build the Trail that now has sites in every Island town.

To educate the Island community and this we do through local media, our Facebook page, coverage by national press and the tour program.

To educate Island youth about the vital importance of African American history as part of their Island history.  For many years, the AAHTMV curriculum was a vital part of the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School history but following a change of administration in 2016/17 and a serious racial incident that obliterated all evidence of the AAHTMV’s work in the high school perpetuated by an adult member of staff that connection ended.  We still pursue that education and during 2017/18 we were active in the Oak Bluffs and West Tisbury elementary schools bringing the curriculum to the students and sharing the Trail with them.

We also mentor students in the public schools, employ interns in the summer tour program and give scholarships to graduating seniors.  In 2018, we have given four scholarships each of $500 to students who have satisfied us that they worked during their school career to improve cultural understanding.

To provide economic opportunity for our Island community and to this end we hire community leaders who are educated in African American history and who have completed the AAHTMV training program.  We provide serious history tours.   In the summer of 2018, we have appointed six tour leaders, drawn from all Island communities and have worked with three interns on the cultural heritage program throughout the summer.

Our work goes on:  there are many more sites to be dedicated.  Some honor families and some are strategic in that we aim to present the fully inclusive picture of the African American Heritage of Martha’s Vineyard.  We will continue to advocate in the schools, developing more curricula material, build on our cultural heritage tourism program by developing several customized tours that reflect the incredible range of stories and will continue to be an organization standing for justice and inclusion on Martha’s Vineyard.

There is a donate button on our website mvafricanamericanheritagetrail.org/ and perhaps when considering donating to a worthy cause, please consider us.  If you order from Amazon, you might consider ordering through Amazon Smile which will allow Amazon to make a small donation to us.

Im for truth, no matter who tells it. Im for justice, no matter who its for or against. (Malcolm X)

Elaine Cawley Weintraub, Ed.D   Carrie Camillo Tankard
Cofounder AAHTMV                    Cofounder AAHTMV

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African American Heritage Trail Martha's Vineyard

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Celebrating Congresswoman Barbara Lee AAHTMV deputation August 19 2018. ...

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Press

Sullivan, J. (2018, May 9). Island’s Heritage Trail Honors African-American VineyardersThe Boston Globe.

Exploring the African American Heritage Trail

Holocaust survivor speaks at West Tisbury School

Emma Maitland Honored with New Heritage Trail StopThe Vineyard Gazette 6/25/2015

Heritage Trail Honors for Emma MaitlandThe Vineyard Gazette 6/29/2015

Welcome to the Trail, Emma MaitlandMV Times 6/24/2015

House Proud in Historic EnclaveThe New York Times 8/18/2008

Amistad Visits Vineyard Haven HarborThe Vineyard Gazette 9/3/01

African American Heritage Trail Holds Celebration EventThe Vineyard Gazette 8/30/02

History with a PassionMV Times 2/22/07

 

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