An Island-Wide Tour Honors African Americans On Martha’s Vineyard

From behind the wheel of a grey mini-van, long-time Martha’s Vineyard resident Elaine Weintraub leads a tour of the island’s African American Heritage Trail.

“The purpose is to affirm African American presence wherever it occurred,” said Weintraub, Director of the Heritage Trail.  

Weintraub moved to the Vineyard from the UK in 1984, and began teaching at-risk African American first-graders at the Oak Bluffs School. While visiting a local bookstore, she was surprised by the lack of information about African Americans on the Vineyard.

“They had a huge table in there of books about the Vineyard: ghosts of Martha’s Vineyard, trees of Martha’s Vineyard, mushrooms of Martha’s Vineyard. But there was…

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