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.

Tucked away deep inside the history of one of New York City’s most famous boroughs is the extraordinary story of a little town called ‘Weeksville’.

in 1899, Georgia native Francis Marion Boyer walked 2,000 miles to New Mexico to start a black town he called Blackdrom.

Decades before Central Park’s existence, a small part of the land was known as Seneca Village, a self-sufficient, middle-class African-American and Irish community founded in 1825 by members of The New York African Society for Mutual Relief.

In Savannah, Georgia, on the edge of Madison square sits a house with a disturbing past. The story of Sorrel Weed House is chilling, scary and its history is shrouded in horrific tales from the antebellum south.

It was 1865, the American Civil War was coming to a close. The south was changing rapidly and the confederate chokehold on the south was coming to an end. Former slaves from Edgecombe County in North Carolina fled slave plantations for Union Army encampments.

There’s a city buried under Lake Lanier (Georgia’s biggest lake), and submerged with it is a secret: An American horror story filled with terror, death, genocide, and ghosts.