Charles H. Wright Museum of African History

Visit the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit. Founded in Detroit, Michigan in 1965, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History has the world’s largest exhibit of African American Culture. The museum has a number of permanent exhibits, as well as rotating exhibits.

The following are a few of the interesting exhibits that visitors to the museum will be able to enjoy.

And Still We Rise

This exhibit begins in Africa and traces several civilizations that evolved there. It then follows Africans as they were brought to the New World as slaves, the Underground Railroad, emancipation, and their struggle to the present day. The very interesting exhibit helps to shed some light on some very dark times in history.

A is for Africa

Here, you will find 26 interactive stations that are perfect for children from pre-school to fourth grade. At the exhibits, children will be able to learn about many different aspects of Africa. They will learn about foods, people, places, culture, history, events, and a whole lot more.

Detroit Performs

Detroit Performs is a photomontage that highlights African Americans from the city who have risen to prominence. Performers in the area of dance, theater, and music are honored at the exhibit. Some of the performers honored are Johnny Lee Hooker, Mattie Moss Clark, and Derrick May.

Ring of Genealogy

The Ring of Genealogy is a piece of art created by local artist Hubert Massey. The piece depicts the struggle of African Americans in the United States, each figure representing a different part of their history, from slavery to the present day. Surrounding the artwork are bronze nameplates featuring the names of prominent African Americans throughout history.

Stories in Stained Glass

The artwork in this section of the museum focuses on several different areas of African American culture and history, including Music, Dance, and Freedom Advocates. The art is colorful and beautiful.

You will also want to visit the Museum Store, where you can find a number of different souvenirs, from clothing to African masks and more. If you get hungry or thirsty, you can stop by the Latimer Café and get sandwiches, snacks, drinks, and more.

The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9AM to 5PM, and on Sunday from 1PM to 5PM. Admission for those aged 13 to 65 is $8, and $5 for seniors as well as those aged 3 – 12. Children under 3 are free.

Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
315 E. Warren Avenue
Detroit, MI 48201

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