This comic book presents and commemorates folklore pictures of 10 black superheroes and legends, as derived from the folklore of ex-slaves.
INTRODUCING THE BLACK SUPERHEROES Series Background: In the 1930s, the federal government saw that the African American Ex-slaves were dying off. The government wanted to document first hand accounts of slavery. So in 1935, the U.S. Government created the Federal Writers’ Project (FWP) to record the oral histories of African American Ex-slaves. Folklorist and author, William Stetson Kennedy, served as Director of Ethnic Studies for the Florida Division of the FWP. Zora Neale Hurston reported to Stetson Kennedy. She was appointed the “Supervisor” for the “Negro Unit” of the Florida Project. The Negro Unit was located in Jacksonville, Florida, at the Clara White Mission on Ashley Street.
The oral histories presented in Kennedy’s book, Palmetto Country, and the Library of Congress American Ex-Slaves’ archives gathered by the FWP during the 1930s, include collections of African American superheroes and legends. These superheroes used strength, intelligence, and endurance to accomplish unexpected results.