African American Resources for Arizona
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The FamilySearch moderator for Arizona is James Tanner.
- 1 Introduction
- 2 Online Resources
- 3 Research Strategy
- 4 History
- 5 Resources
- 5.1 Biographies
- 5.2 Cemeteries
- 5.3 Census Records
- 5.4 Church Records
- 5.5 Emancipation Records
- 5.6 Funeral Homes
- 5.7 Genealogies
- 5.8 Land and Property
- 5.9 Oral Histories
- 5.10 Other Records
- 5.11 Military Records
- 5.12 Newspapers
- 5.13 Probate Records
- 5.14 Reconstruction Records
- 5.15 School Records
- 5.16 Slavery Records
- 5.17 Vital Records
- 5.18 Voting Registers
- 6 Archives and Libraries
- 7 Societies
- 8 References
The first person, most likely, of African heritage who came to the Arizona area was a member of a Spanish expedition. Esteban was originally from Morocco and was a slave to a Spaniard. He first arrived in the New World in 1528. See Esteban, a 16th Century Explorer.
Resources to learn more about African Americans in Arizona history:
- Arizona's Black History Timeline
- In The Steps of Esteban: Tucson's African American Heritage
- Wilson, Bernard J. 2007. The black residents of Tucson and their achievements, 1860-1900: a reference guide. [Tucson, Ariz.]: Bernard Wilson. Available through WorldCat and Sabio Library at University of Arizona.
- Valenzuela, Blanca, and Regina Kelly. 1998. History paints a beautiful picture: a report on A-Mountain neighborhood history for the Casa Alegre mural project. Tucson, Ariz: s.n. (African American History in Tuscon area) Available through WorldCat and Sabio Library.
- Trailtones: The African-American Heritage of Arizona,compiled by Gloria L. Smith, contains materials that highlight African American heritage in Arizona.
In The Steps Of Esteban: Biographies and Oral Histories - contains biographies from African American pioneers, educators, military officials, and more.
African Americans are represented mainly in five categories: Baptist, Methodist, Church of God in Christ, Church of Christ, and Apostolic.
Phoenix: Tanner Chapel AME Church, 1887 - History
Tucson: Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, 1900 - History
- African American Churches in Tucson
- Photographic Exhibits African American Churches in Tucson, Arizona, 1900 - 1990
Land and Property
- Harris, Richard E. The First 100 Years: A History of Arizona Blacks. Apache Junction, AZ: Relmo Publishers, 1983.
The Arizona, Birth Records, 1881-1948 ($) collection contains birth records between 1881 and 1948 for most counties in Arizona. Information often includes name, birth date, sex, father, mother's maiden name, race or color, parents' birth places, condition at birth, and remarks.
The Arizona, County Coroner and Death Records, 1881-1971 ($) collection contains death records between 1881 and 1971 for most counties in Arizona. Information often includes name, age, sex, informant, and death date/place.
The Arizona, Death Records, 1887-1960 collection contains death records between 1887 and 1960 for every county in Arizona. Information usually contains name, gender, race, marital status, birth date and place, death date and place, burial date and place, age, occupation, parents and their birth places, and medical information.
Archives and Libraries
The University of Arizona Libraries
1510 E. University Blvd.
Tucson, AZ 85721-0055
Website: University Libraries
Pioneer Museum (Flagstaff)
2340 N. Fort Valley Road
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
The Pioneer Museum has a few collections documenting African American pioneers. See Black Genesis for reference to Beppie Culin Papers (1850-1900) on page 64 which contain 324 bills of sale for slaves.
Website: Pioneer Museum
African American Multicultural Museum
617 North Scottsdale Road, Suite A
Scottsdale, AZ 85257
Black Family Genealogy & Historical Society
P. O. Box 90683
Phoenix, Arizona 85066-0683
Website: Black Family Genealogy & Historical Society