Writers of Color
The vast majority of writers’ homes that are open to the public do not reflect the diverse tapestry of authors, poets, and journalists who emerged from the many cultural heritages residing in the United States. Centuries of deliberately restrictive housing laws and unfair real estate practices meant that countless esteemed writers, from the 1700s to today, are hard to find on traditional literary maps.
We set out to change that.
Visit any of the following state pages to find places where major writers of color refined their craft and engaged with their communities throughout US history. Whether libraries, schools, workplaces, community centers, parks, or houses of worship, these areas of creativity may be the only physical spaces still standing where historic writers of color honed their art. If you believe we’ve missed any places that are open to public tours, please message us through the contact form at the end of this page so we can check it out.
While numerous sources are identified on the pages of the above links and related connected pages, one that was especially helpful in our research and that we strongly encourage our readers to visit it as well is blackpast.org.
Let us know about any other places we should consider adding by completing and submitting this form. Thank you, and happy reading!