Two Books Explore African American Heritage on Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard

Feb 6, 2014

Five Civil Rights Activists on Martha's Vineyard in the 60's, Nancy Whiting, Peg Lillienthal, Virginia Mazer, Polly Murphy, and Nancy Smith.

A conversation about the events and people who shaped the African American experiences on Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard, on The Point with Mindy Todd. First we visit the African American Heritage Trail on the Vineyard: it hosts 25 sites across the island and is researched and maintained by students at the regional high school. In the second half of the show we talk about the integration of Nantucket Schools in the early 1800s. Guests: Barbara Anne White, author of A Line in the Sand: The Battle to Integrate the Nantucket Public Schools 1825-1847; and Elaine Cawley Weintraub, one of the founders of the African American Heritage trail and author of Lighting the Trail: the African American Heritage of Martha's Vineyard.