Rapp Road Community History Project


A Brief History of Rapp Road


The Rapp Road Community is a historic and uniquely significant part of the city of Albany, New York.

Old Rapp Road Most of its original residents migrated from Shubuta, Mississippi in the 1930s and 1940s to Albany’s South End, and then on to Rapp Road. Once a few families moved to Albany, a chain migration occurred as family, friends, and church members encouraged their loved ones in the South to relocate to Albany.

Louis W. Parson, pastor of Albany’s First Church of God and Christ, made it possible for members of his congregation to buy land on Rapp Road and in a sense, recreate the rural life that many missed since leaving Mississippi. Almost seventy years later, the Rapp Road community is still thriving. Many of the original families still live there, and individuals from younger generations who previously left the area are moving back to Rapp Road to raise their children.

In September 2002, the Rapp Road Community was designated a New York State historic district and in January 2003 designated as a National Historic District. This was the first designation of its kind in New York State and possibly the nation.

Research is currently underway to preserve and document the history of the Rapp Road Community. If you have any information, photographs, or objects that relate to any aspect of Rapp Road or to Albany and the Great Migration, please contact us.


The Rapp Road Community History Project
is devoted to recording, researching, and discussing
the history of the Rapp Road Community.

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