Blackdom: The First All-Black Settlement in New Mexico – A Story Map

The Blackdom Story Map highlights the history of a little known event  in New Mexico History. The first all-black settlement in New Mexico was incorporated in 1903 and occupied until the mid-1920s by up to 300 people. Blackdom had a school, post office and several churches during this time. This map was developed by the Earth Data Analysis Center (EDAC) and NMRGIS using open data and information.

The Land Patent records were downloaded from the BLM General Land Office Records site (http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/default.aspx). You can search records from the Public Land States by both name and location and many of the Land Patents have been scanned and are available for download.

The Census records were downloaded from the Internet Archive (https://archive.org/) which has non-indexed US Census images for the United States.

The Public Land Survey System GIS data was downloaded from RGIS and used to locate the individual Land Patents of the families of Blackdom. The New Mexico PLSS data is located here: http://rgis.unm.edu/gstore/datasets/02d7af4a-e2f2-45d2-a4ef-638e06e9ee9d/nm_sections_1208.original.zip

The report of the archaeological excavations of the Isaac W. Jones homestead can be found here the the New Mexico Office of Archeological Studies website: Glimpses of Late Frontier Life in New Mexico’s Southern Pecos Valley: Archaeology and History at Blackdom and Seven Rivers


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