Arizona African Americans
The following resources would be helpful in African American research.
- 1 Introduction
- 2 A Research Strategy
- 3 Archives and Libraries
- 4 Vital Records
- 5 Biography
- 6 Census
- 7 Churches
- 8 Funeral Homes
- 9 Genealogy
- 10 History
- 11 Newspapers
- 12 Military
- 13 Probate Records
- 14 School Records
- 15 Societies and Organizations
- 16 Voting Registers
- 17 Other Sources
- 18 Websites
- 19 References
A Research Strategy
Archives and Libraries
Pioneer Museum (Flagstaff)
2340 N. Fort Valley Road
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
Hours: Mon. – Sat. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday: Closed except during special events.
The Pioneer Museum has a few collections documenting African American pioneers. See Black Genesisfor reference to Beppie Culin Papers (1850-1900) on page 64which contain 324 bills of sale for slaves.
Tanner Chapel AME Church, 1887- History
Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, 1900- History
African Americans are represented mainly in five categories: Baptist, Methodist, Church of God in Christ, Church of Christ, and Apostolic.
- African American Churches in Tucson
- Photographic Exhibits African American Churches in Tucson, Arizona, 1900 - 1990
The bibliography,Trailtones: The African-American Heritage of Arizona,compiled by Gloria L. Smith contains materials that highlight African-American heritage in Arizona.
Probably the first person of African heritage who came to this 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.
- Early Settlers
- African American Soldiers
- Establishing Neighborhoods
- Dunbar School and Educational Opportunities
Societies and Organizations
- Harris, Richard E. The First 100 Years: A History of Arizona Blacks. Apache Junction, AZ: Relmo Publishers, 1983.
- Black History in Arizona: People, Places, Events
- African American Multicultural Museum
- In The Steps of Esteban: Tucson's African American Heritage
- The State of Black Arizona