Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Detroit

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The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History is located in the Cultural Center of the U.S. city of Detroit, Michigan. Founded in 1965, the museum holds the world's largest permanent exhibit on African-American culture. In 1997, Detroit architects Sims-Varner & Associates (now SDG Associates) designed a new 120,000 square foot (11,000 m2) facility on Warren Avenue, the museum's current location. The Wright Museum is a nonprofit institution and has dual missions, serving as both a museum of artifacts and a place of cultural retention and growth.

A wall of the museum has the museum's official poem, written by Melba Boyd, inscribed in bronze.
The Museum owns more than 35,000 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. Also in the museum is an 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 by artist Hubert Massey entitled "Genealogy" is in the Ford Freedom Rotunda Floor and the museum is topped by a 100 feet (30 m) by 55 feet (17 m) glass dome. The museum store sells authentic African art and books, as well as other merchandise. In August, the museum hosts the African World Festival, a free, three-day festival celebrating the culture of the African diaspora.

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  • The museum itself was really nice! When we first entered, the Reception encouraged us to visit the gift shop before leaving, so I remembered that & planned to support the gift shop before exiting...  more »
  • The comprehensive history that this museum provides to visitors on the story of Black and African Americans is truly phenomenal. I enjoyed seeing it all tied together regarding modern day Black...  more »
  • I actually went to the African American Festival which was outside of the Museum. It was great! The entertainment was excellent! The crowd was great. Everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves. I've been going every year for several years. I absolutely love going.
  • went to the African American world festival any Troy over the weekend and I had the opportunity to visit a great exhibit at the Charles H Wright Museum of African American history. I would advise everyone to visit the Charles H. Wright Museums, 'And Still I Rise" exhibit. This is a phenomenal depiction on the history of slavery. Unless you know where the African American culture has been where they come from and where they're going. This culture has come a long way and they should be respected for it.

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