Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Detroit

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The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, or The Wright, is located in Detroit, Michigan in the U.S.; inside the city's Midtown Cultural Center is one of the world's oldest independent African American museums.

Founded in 1965, The Wright museum holds the world's largest permanent collection of African-American culture. With a collection of more than 35,000 artifacts, The Wright's current 125,000-square-foot museum opened as the largest museum in the world dedicated to African American history.
The Wright, whose exhibits include Underground Railroad documents and letters from Malcolm X and Rosa Parks, also hosted memorial events for Parks and the "Queen of Soul," Aretha Franklin, who lay in state in the museum's rotunda in 2005 and 2018, respectively.

Notably, The Wright is the current home of The National Museum of the Tuskegee Airmen The Wright also produces one of the largest festivals dedicated to celebrating the food, fashion, music, and dance cultures of the diaspora -- African World Festival.
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  • Absolutely beautiful building with thought-provoking, authentic, stunning displays of African American history. Highly recommend and must see if you are in Detroit! 
    Absolutely beautiful building with thought-provoking, authentic, stunning displays of African American history. Highly recommend and must see if you are in Detroit!  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... 
    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 »
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  • The exhibits are an honest look at the past. The journey from Africa through slave ship to the sale of people was creative and an emotional journey. I wish the area with contributions of African Americans was a bit larger, but space is limited - the layout here was amazing as well. The special exhibit, King Tut, was interesting and I look forward to going back to see other special exhibits in the future.
  • It wasn't very busy as we came later in the evening, so it felt like we had the museum much to ourselves. With that, I was able to take so many pictures and patiently take in the exhibits of our rich historical culture. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who's interested in American history.

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