This interactive map of African-American historical sites in Western Pennsylvania was created in conjunction with VisitPittsburgh.com. The sites included on this map have local, regional and national significance, and can be used as a tour guide for exploring African-American history throughout the area.
According to VisitPittsburgh.com, the sites were determined based on whether the location fit into at least one of 10 historical themes and met at least one of five criteria.
Historical Themes: Patterns of Settlement and Housing; Sports and Recreation, including Social Clubs; Arts and Entertainment, Places of Work/Businesses, Famous People, Religious Properties, Underground Railroad, Education & Politics, Civil Rights, Military
Criteria: National or Statewide Significance: The site is listed or eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places and/or has a Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) marker; Local Significance: The site is a locally-designated landmark, has a plaque, or is of particular interest to southwestern Pennsylvania's history. Visitability: The site is interesting enough that someone would travel to see it; Condition: The site is still standing, it's part of a historic district, or the site is of particular archaeological interest.; Thematic Relevance: The site is representative of a larger historical theme in the region, state or nation.