Welcome to the online home of the Huntsville African American History Project (HAAHP)! Founded in 2014, HAAHP seeks to collect, preserve, and promote the black history of Huntsville and North Alabama.
Using oral history interviews of present and past residents of all races and backgrounds, HAAHP focuses particular attention on the period since World War II, when federal funds for space exploration and military expansion transformed Huntsville from cotton town to Rocket City.
As a professional historical undertaking, HAAHP seeks to address a number of questions about the history of race and black life in Huntsville and North Alabama: What impact did Huntsville’s dramatic postwar expansion have on black people’s lives? What long-term and short-term strategies did black men and women use to resist and negotiate segregation and disfranchisement? How did residents, community leaders, and outside interest groups shape the process, meaning, and experience of integration for black Huntsvillians?
At the same time, however, HAAHP seeks to connect the events of the past to the present, asking how peoples’ actions and decisions of years ago continue to shape the city and its residents, especially in the areas of housing, education, and employment.
Overall, we at HAAHP hope to use history as a way of celebrating black struggle and achievement, bridging divides of understanding between communities, and addressing longstanding disparities within those communities. We would like to thank you for visiting our website and to ask you to please consider getting involved in the important work of preserving and building upon a critical aspect of Alabama history.