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.

Welcome to Episode 2 of Black Folklore In Video: The Ghosts Of Lake Lanier. Grant Yanney takes us back to the 1800s when it all began.

Host Grant Yanney delves into the ghostly origins of the color Haint Blue.

Rosewood is one of the most tragic and overlooked events in American history. 

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. 

Henry “Box” Brown's fortitude and perseverance deserve to be celebrated with the rest of the Black greats from American history. 

The Gullah Geechee people believed that the color haint blue mimicked blue water and blue sky which tricked evil spirits.

There is a ghost roaming the halls of Pickens County Museum in South Carolina and his name is Willie Earle.

From 1830 to 1854 'Free' Frank McWorter spent more than $14,000 freeing 16 family members from bondage. $14,000 in 1850 is worth $531,777.44 today.

Once the state's second largest city, Vanport was founded and destroyed because of racism.

Finding answers is like connecting dots. Since I am a Black American and Morris was likely a name given to my ancestors, I began my dot connecting there. 

Montgomery’s story is a testament to Black resilience and ingenuity. He was one of the most influential Black men in all of American history.

How do you get a whole race of people to uplift themselves after years of persecution? This was the very question Colonel Allen Allensworth asked himself before he embarked on one of the most important journeys in African American history: to build the first Black self-sufficient town in California.