The above map highlights significant events in my life - from birth in Miami FL (1958) to retirement in Lumpkin County GA (2020).
The above map illustrates the shift in African American population between 1910 and 1940. My focus is on Florida - a significant percentage of the African American population in the Tampa Bay region, Key West, Jacksonville, and Tallahassee left Florida during this time and, most likely, moved to the Northeast or Great Lakes region. The African American population of the industrial cities in the northeastern quadrant of the United States increased significantly as job opportunities opened in factories. Initially these jobs were centered around the war effort (The Great War) and then the economic boom of the 1920s. Although many factories closed during the 1930s due to the Great Depression, many African Americans remained in the North as agricultural jobs in the South - especially share-cropping - were disappearing.