About Us

Hi, my name is Margaret O’Brien. I’m the main writer for ExploreBlackHeritage.com.

I created the website to explore the rich heritage of 18th, 19th, and 20th century African American culture and history.

Have a look around, there should be plenty to keep you occupied!

One of my goals is to shine a light on the thousands of notable black men and women in American history who have been somewhat overlooked.

You’ll probably notice that the biggest amount of material here is a historic look at family names. As well as tracking them through U.S. censuses in different periods, I looked for at least two historic African Americans with that last name.

I also show how people can gather interesting information from historic military records. If you’re researching your family history, I hope you can pick up nuggets and avenues to pursue.