Video Blog — african american

African American Bridge Builders | The King Family

In this video I go on a history adventure! Taking a road trip to Stone Mountain Park in Georgia, I visit the Washington King covered bridge, which was originally constructed in 1891. Washington King was an African American business man and bridge contractor. His father Horace King was born a slave but gained his freedom through bridge building and passed along his skills to his sons.

Historic African American Church with Slave Roots

The history of Salem Missionary Baptist Church is entwined in the history of the American South. It started as a slave church in Lilburn, Georgia in the 1830s, where the community experienced slavery and racism that challenged its ability to grow and thrive. I spoke with Mr. Gregory Bailey, the church's historian and life-long member, who told the stories of the trials of the African American church members, who persevered through the struggles of decline and hardship to ultimately see their church thrive.