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date: 07 April 2020


  • Donna M. DeBlasio


There are two distinct topics in African American architecture the places in which African Americans lived and the places built or designed by African Americans The two might or might not be one and the same Depending on their status African Americans often inhabited places that were designed by whites who were building in their own mostly European traditions This was especially true of slaves On large plantations house slaves lived with the family in the big house while the rest lived in slave quarters that were typically designed by whites On small farms and in urban areas slaves frequently shared the same living space as their masters The design of the structures may have been European in origin but often African American masons and carpenters constructed the buildings Thus in discussing African American architecture in early America it is difficult to separate their building traditions from the dominant white ...

A version of this article originally appeared in The Encyclopedia of African American History, 1619–1895.

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