Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History | Detroit MI

charles-wright-museum.jpgFounded in Detroit, Michigan in 1965, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History holds the world’s largest permanent exhibit on African American culture. Serving as both a museum of artifacts and a place of cultural retention and growth, the Wright houses more than 30,000 artifacts and archival materials. Some of the major collections it is home to include the Blanche Coggin Underground Railroad Collection, the Harriet Tubman Museum Collection, a Coleman A. Young Collection and a collection of documents about the labor movement in Detroit called the Sheffield Collection.

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Also in the museum is it signature interactive exhibit called And Still We Rise: Our Journey through African American History and Culture, seven exhibition areas devoted to African Americans and their lives, the Louise Lovett Wright Research Library, and the General Motors Theater, which is a 317 seat facility for film, live performances, lectures, and presentations. A terrazzo tile creation titled Genealogy is in the Ford Freedom Rotunda Floor and the museum is topped by a 100 feet (30 m) by 55 feet glass dome. The museum store sells authentic African art and books, as well as other merchandise.

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For more information, please visit the Charles H. Wright Museum’s website.

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Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
315 East Warren Avenue, Detroit, MI 48201
Phone: (313) 494-5800
Website: www.thewright.org

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Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History provides learning opportunities, exhibitions, programs and events based on collections and research that explore the diverse history and culture of African Americans and their African origins. Founded in 1965, this 125,000 square foot museum is located in the heart of Midtown Detroit's Cultural Center, next to the Michigan Science Center and within one block of the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA). Key to the experience is "And Still We Rise: Our Journey Through African American History and Culture," the museum's 22,000 square foot, interactive core exhibit, which attracts and enthralls thousands of visitors per year. An amazing adventure of history, art and achievement awaits you or your group at The Wright Museum!
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