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The term Affrilachian, coined in the early 1990s by Kentucky poet Frank X Walker, has claimed a place in our understanding of the Appalachian past. Walker sought to recognize people who are both African American and Appalachian and to recover the multiracial identify of the region. As historian John Finger has written, the people of the southern mountains were, from early settlement days, a community of white, Native American, and African American families. Like many natives of the mountains, large numbers of Affrilachians have migrated to other parts of America. Yet they still retain a strong sense of their Appalachian roots. Artists like north Georgia poet Doris Davenport have given voice to this experience and remind those who live here of our rich, diverse heritage.
The congregation of Cullowhee’s AME Zion church.
Below is the Digital Heritage Moment as broadcast on the radio:
- Etta Baker Etta Baker was an important Appalachian blues guitarist. Born in North Carolina’s Piedmont in 1913, she spent her adult life in the mountain town of Morganton. Her mixed African-American, […]
- Banjo The banjo, a four or five string musical instrument with a leather or plastic head stretched over a circular wooden rim, is pictured by many as the symbol of Appalachian music. . .
- Mud Creek Missionary Baptist Church In May 1867, having been led by the spirit of God, newly freed slaves from Charleston joined with their ministers to establish the Mud Creek Missionary Baptist Church in East Flat Rock, […]
- Happy Land In 1865, a band of former slaves newly freed in Mississippi began searching for a new home. They settled near Tuxedo in Henderson County, North Carolina. They eventually bought 200 acres […]
- Stepping Stepping is a form of dance involving synchronized stomping, clapping, singing, and chanting. It was developed in the early 20th century by African-American fraternities and sororities. It […]