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Vineyard a haven for African Americans

Sep 01, 2019 - Boston Herald

MARTHA'S VINEYARD -- I'm immediately overtaken by a sense of calm upon arriving on this beautiful island. The air, the sea, the atmosphere and the promise of connecting with friends from everywhere wash over me like the proverbial balm of Gilead.

There are not many places with a provenance quite like the Vineyard for African Americans, one that gives such a sense of place, pride and purpose.

Since the mid 1800s African Americans throughout Massachusetts and up and down the eastern...