Black Folklore

NewsOne’s exclusive Black Folklore explores extraordinary untold tales from Black American history. Some are buried beneath the tides of time while others are hidden within horror stories of the supernatural. But all of these fascinating tales provide unique perspectives on the trials and tribulations of Black Americans and their historical truths.

The lingering questions about the icon's assassination may never truly be answered.

America is a melting pot. So why haven’t we embraced the people who’ve represented that even before this country’s beginning?  

Since I began writing Black Folklore in 2020, I have been introduced to a side of Black History that I never knew existed. Extraordinary supernatural tales of ghosts and spirits intertwined with real-life events from Black History. As amazing as those tales have been thus far, they’re nothing compared to the world that was introduced […]

This is the legendary tale of O.T. Jackson and the Colorado Black ghost town of Dearfield.

Whispered in the hushed tones of Black folklore is the ghostly tale of Rosewood, a thriving Black town in Florida that was burned.

About 100 miles south of the border of Nebraska, tucked quietly atop the Kansas plains lies a small 145-year-old town called Nicodemus.

Here is the story of the Black Seminoles, a group of fugitive slaves who escaped bondage and created a community of free Blacks in Mexico. 

Being the city’s smallest park, Mary Ellen Pleasant Memorial Park may seem insignificant to most people unfamiliar with its history.

A Black man from Alabama escaped the thumb of slavery to become a wealthy man who founded a Black community on Lake Martin.

See how freed slaves in North Carolina built the first Black town in the U.S.

This is the rarely-told story of the Black Pilgrims of Plymouth Colony who sought freedom in America.

Uncovering the horrific 1959 story of 21 Black boys trapped and burned alive inside an Arkansas school built to educate them.