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African American Museums Preserve Our History




One thing Circa 1926 appreciates is the opportunity to study and pay homage to Black History 365, (or 366 )  days a year. So, here's another "share" in my sentimental journey down the artistic path. 


Nothing says "I AM BLACK HISTORY" like our Black History Museums and I've learned so much because of them! Museums are the places where Black Art, History, and Culture are an invitation to feast on our heritage every day. Thanks to more than 100 Black museums around the United States, our legacy is being kept alive for generations to come.  If you've visited before...now is a good time to visit again. If you don't have the time to go in person, look them up online. The African American experience and influence are on display in art and exhibit form through African American Museums across the nation. Following is a list compiled by state.  I hope you enjoy exploring!


Mesha


Alabama

National Voting Rights Museum and Institute, Selma

The Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration / The National Memorial for Peace and Justice, Birmingham

Alaska

In the absence of a dedicated Black history museum in Alaska, the University of Alaska’s Consortium Library is a good resource, as is this article spotlighting African American history in Anchorage.

Arizona

George Washington Carver Museum, Phoenix.

Arkansas

Mosaic Templars Center, Little Rock.

California

California African American Museum, Los Angeles

Museum of the African Diaspora, Los Angeles

Colorado

Black American West Museum, Denver

Connecticut

Prudence Crandall Museum, Canterbury

Delaware

Mitchell Center for African American Heritage, Wilmington

Florida

African-American Research Library and Cultural Center, Fort Lauderdale

Old Dillard Museum, Fort Lauderdale

The Blanchard House Museum of African-American History & Culture, Punta Gorda

LaVilla Museum, Jacksonville

Georgia

The National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Atlanta

Apex Museum, Atlanta

Hawaii

Obama Hawaiian Africana Museum, Honolulu

Idaho

Idaho Black History Museum, Boise 

Illinois

Pullman Porter Museum, Chicago

DuSable Museum of African American History, Chicago

Indiana

Freetown Village, Freetown

Iowa

African American Museum of Iowa, Cedar Rapids

Kansas

The Kansas African American Museum, Wichita

Kentucky

Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, Louisville

Louisiana

Whitney Plantation, Wallace

New Orleans African American Museum, New Orleans

Maine

Abyssinian Meeting House, Portland

Maryland

Reginald F. Lewis Museum, Baltimore

Howard County Center of African American Culture, Columbia

Massachusetts

Museum of African American History, Boston

Michigan

Tuskegee Airmen National Historical Museum, Detroit

The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Detroit

Minnesota

Minnesota African American Heritage Museum & Gallery, Minneapolis

Mississippi

Mississippi Civil Rights Museum and Museum of Mississippi History, Jackson

Missouri

Ozarks Afro-American Heritage Museum, Ash Grove

The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, Kansas City

Montana

In the absence of a dedicated Black history museum in Montana, the Montana African American Heritage Resources Project provides details on the subject.

Nebraska

Great Plains Black History Museum, Omaha

Nevada

The Walker African American Museum & Research Center

New Hampshire

Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire, Portsmouth

New Jersey

Afro-American Historical Society Museum, Jersey City

New Mexico

African American Museum and Cultural Center of New Mexico, Albuquerque

New York

Studio Museum HarlemAfrican

Burial Ground National Monument and Visitor Center

North Carolina

International Civil Rights Center and Museum, Greensboro

North Dakota

In the absence of a dedicated Black history museum in North Dakota, this article from Prairie Public News is an introductory resource. 

Ohio

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Cincinnati

The Cleveland African American Museum, Cleveland

Oklahoma

Oklahoma Black Museum & Performing Arts Center, Oklahoma

Oregon

Oregon Black Pioneers, Salem

Pennsylvania

African American Museum, Philadelphia

Rhode Island

Stages of Freedom, Providence

South Carolina

Old Slave Mart Museum, Charleston

South Dakota

South Dakota African American History Museum, Sioux Falls

Tennessee

National Museum of African American Music, Nashville

National Civil Rights Museum, Memphis

Withers Collection Museum and Gallery, Memphis

Slave Haven Underground Railroad Museum, Memphis

Green McAdoo Cultural Center, Clinton

Texas

The Buffalo Soldiers Museum, Houston

African American Museum of Dallas

Houston Museum of African American Culture

Utah

Utah Black History Museum

Vermont

Rokeby Museum, Ferrisburgh

Virginia

Black History Museum & Cultural Center of Virginia, Richmond

Washington State

Northwest African American Museum, Seattle

Washington D.C.

National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington D.C.

West Virginia

Black Voices Museum, Harpers Ferry

Wisconsin

Wisconsin Black Historical Society/Museum, Milwaukee

Milton House, Milton

Wyoming



In the absence of a dedicated Black history museum the Wyoming State Museum’s traveling exhibit on Black homesteaders, Empire: A Community of African-Americans on the Wyoming Plains, tours the state regularly. .

Check local events calendars for more information






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