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If you’ve noticed a northward trend in the residences of your African-American ancestors, there’s a reason for it. In 1910, 89 percent of the country’s African-American population lived in the South. In 1940, that number had dropped to 77 percent, while the black population grew in the North. This shift to Northern cities continued until 1970.
Source: US Census Bureau, Population Division Working Paper No. 76, Historical Census Statistics On Population Totals By Race, 1790 to 1990, and By Hispanic Origin, 1970 to 1990, For Large Cities And Other Urban Places In The United States, <www.census.gov/population/www/documentation/twps0076/twps0076.html>
From the January/February 2016 Family Tree Magazine