18+ Places to Visit to Learn More about Black History

Make each month Black History Month by visiting considered one of these essential spots: from museums of African-American historical past to historic websites that characterize essential Black folks and occasions in our nation’s historical past, you’ll be able to educate your kids about Black historical past and tradition whereas having a memorable household trip.

Richmond is steeped in essential Black historical past and listed below are only a few of the methods you’ll be able to expertise it together with your youngsters.

Visit the house of Maggie Lena Walker, a newspaper editor, financial institution president and champion of civil rights for African Americans and ladies. Join a tour of her house and an exhibit corridor, watch a brief movie about her life and stroll within the footsteps of an ideal activist of the early twentieth century. There’s additionally a Maggie L. Walker Memorial Plaza.

The Black History Museum & Cultural Center of Virginia celebrates the wealthy tradition and historical past African Americans folks in Virginia and has everlasting displays that discover Jim Crow, Reconstruction, Emancipation and extra.

You may discover Richmond’s monuments: Virginia Civil Rights Memorial on the Capitol grounds, Slavery Reconciliation StatueHenry Box Brown, Bill “Bojangles” Robinson monument and the Arthur Ashe monument on Monument Ave. There’s additionally a self-guided Richmond Slave Trail: Walk alongside and uncover seventeen totally different markers that show the somber fact about slavery in Richmond.

At the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts entrance alongside historic Arthur Ashe boulevard, you may discover Rumors of War, a robust sculpture by Black artist Kehinde Wiley’s. You’ll additionally at the moment discover the the Marcus-David Peter Circle (Robert E. Lee Monument) the place artist Dustin Klein’s mild projections on the statue of Robert E. Lee embrace photos and movies of Black residents who’re victims of police brutality, together with Breonna Taylor and George Floyd, in addition to initiatives of iconic Black leaders like Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, Billie Holiday, and Malcom X.

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photograph: Legacy Museum

The museum depicts the historical past of Black folks within the United States, starting with slavery, by means of Jim Crow legal guidelines and segregation, to present problems with mass incarceration. The memorial, a fast stroll away, honors 4,000 victims of lynching and racial violence. By filling within the gaps within the historical past that many Americans study in class, the content material introduced could assist households provoke discussions associated to race and inequality within the United States

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The Little Rock Central High School was essentially the most outstanding instance of the desegregation of public faculties in 1954 when 9 African-American college students attended faculty right here for the primary time in historical past. You have to arrange a tour to enter the varsity, now designated a National Historic Site, however it’s comparatively straightforward to do and a good way to assist youngsters perceive the importance of this faculty in addition to the historical past of desegregation within the U.S.

Born into slavery in Maryland in 1818, Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey came to Baltimore as a child the place he lived as an enslaved particular person within the Auld household house on Aliceanna St. (referred to as Happy Alley). It was right here that he realized to learn; Hugh Auld’s spouse Sophia taught Frederick the alphabet (despite her husband’s disapproval). See the Fell’s Point shipyards the place Douglass labored and the place the place he bought his first-ever e book (28 Thames St.) In 1838, disguised as a sailor, he escaped north to freedom on the prepare; it’s thought he handed by means of Baltimore’s President Street Station, (the place now you can discovered a Civil War Museum.) Douglass went on to change the course of historical past by preventing tirelessly for freedom and equality. (Fun reality: When he married, he took the title Douglass after the hero clan in Sir Walter Scott’s well-known poem, Lady of the Lake.)

Later in life, Douglass returned to Baltimore to build a row of homes for African-American renters. You can go to the Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park Museum in Fell’s Point, on the location of the primary African American-owned shipyard within the United States and see a big sculpture of Douglass at Maritime Park. Sign up for the Frederick Douglass Path to Freedom Walking Tour that may take you on a route that each teaches Douglass’ expertise in Baltimore in addition to the historical past of the Underground Railroad, immigration and shipbuilding.

Learn extra about Frederick Douglass right here.

And try to study extra about Douglass’ legacy.

Take your youngsters again to the place this chief of the Civil Rights Movement was as soon as a child. At the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Park, you’ll be able to go to his start house, play the place MLK performed as a toddler and study all about his early years within the motion. Get impressed to struggle inequality in your neck of the woods.

photograph: Amber Guetebier

You’d suppose the very last thing you’d need to do to perceive race in America is go to the grounds of a plantation that when used enslaved folks to make its wealth. But after a latest go to to Belle Meade Plantation within the Nashville space we will report first-hand that this historic property is on the forefront of speaking with the general public in a truthful means about the horrors of slavery whereas honoring the African-American historical past of the property.

The Journey to Jubilee tour follows the story of the African-Americans who had been introduced to the plantation in 1807, however who stayed on the plantation by means of the early 1900s. It exhibits their important presence on the property, their story of enslavement to freedom and supplies guests with an understanding of the instances from the African-American viewpoint. This tour isn’t advisable for youths beneath 12 due to the graphic actuality of slavery, nonetheless the general tour of Belle Meade additionally incorporates the story of the African-Americans who got here as slaves however stayed on as employed staff after the abolishment of slavery. The property itself could be very kid-friendly and a very good respite from the bustle of the town.

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Auburn is an enthralling city within the Finger Lakes area of New York State and has an extremely wealthy historical past. Teach your kids what it actually means to rise up to tyranny by immersing them on this planet of Harriet Tubman. The nationwide park that bears her title is the proper place to study all about this unimaginable girl who emancipated herself from slavery on the age of simply 27 and went on to assist dozens of slaves discover freedom. Before you go, the youngsters can turn into an Underground Railroad Junior Ranger to study about the system of secret homes and waystations that helped slaves discover freedom. Harriet Tubman National Historical Park contains her house, a customer’s middle, the Harriet Tubman Home for the Aged, and the church she raised funds to build. Her burial website can also be close by. The city of Auburn additionally boasts a number of different historical past museums and collections, a memorable public theater and year-round occasions and festivals.


photograph: Rosa Parks Memorial

Smack dab on the nook the place Civil Rights activist Rosa Parks boarded a public bus and the place she was infamously arrested for refusing to surrender her seat to a white passenger, this museum focuses on Parks’ story and its place within the Civil Rights Movement. The Museum features a everlasting exhibit, “The Cleveland Avenue Time Machine,” a reproduction metropolis bus that makes use of fog, lighting, sound, hydraulics and a robotic bus driver to information guests are on a collection of “time jumps” from Jim Crow to “Separate But Equal.”

In Greensboro, NC, your youngsters can go to the location of the primary Civil Rights sit-in and realized about the A&T Four—4 younger African-American college students who sat at a “Whites Only” counter contained in the Woolworth restaurant on Feb. 1, 1960 and refused to transfer. At the the International Civil Rights Center & Museum, a guided tour helps your loved ones study and relearn essential details about America’s historical past earlier than, throughout and after the Civil Rights Movement. The Greensboro Cultural Arts Center homes the African America Atelier the place you’ll find shifting displays that the entire household will take pleasure in. And you may need to go to the Guilford College Underground Railroad path, which simulates how fugitives looking for freedom navigated within the woods on the Guilford College group with help from free and enslaved African-Americans and European-American Allies.

photograph: Museum of African Diaspora

Celebrating the common connection of all folks by means of their affiliation with Africa, this must-visit museum showcases exhibitions aimed toward representing work that could be under-represented in different U.S. museums. For instance, as quickly as you stroll in, you are greeted by a three-story mural comprised of two,100 images submitted by folks of the Diaspora.

photograph: National Museum of African-American History and Culture

The gorgeous constructing, impressed by Yoruba artwork and filigree ironwork, is stuffed with displays and artifacts that give guests a glimpse in any respect elements—the great and the gut-wrenching—of the African American expertise. It’s a must-visit for your entire household. See our in-depth information right here.

Set to open in the summertime of 2020 in Music City, this highly-anticipated museum would be the solely museum devoted to educating, preserving and celebrating greater than 50 music genres and kinds that had been created or impressed by African Americans. The 56,000 sq. foot museum will likely be situated at fifth and Broadway, within the coronary heart of Nashville, and can embrace artifacts, objects, memorabilia, clothes and state-of-the-art know-how to showcase totally different narratives and genres. Learn extra at

The Tuskegee Airmen had been devoted, decided younger males who enlisted to turn into America’s first Black navy airmen at a time when there have been many individuals who thought that Black males lacked intelligence, ability, braveness and patriotism. Learn about their important contributions on the National Museum of the Tuskegee Airmen which is now part of the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.

Located within the Historic Pullman District in Chicago, IL, this museum was opened in 1995 to pay homage to Asa Philip Randolph and Pullman Porters, the lads who made up the membership of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters (BSCP) union. Randolph was the chief organizer and co-founder of the BSCP, the primary African-American labor union within the nation to win a collective bargaining settlement. Under Randolph’s management, the Pullman Porters fought a valiant battle for employment equality with the company big, the Pullman Rail Car Company.

African Americans have served proudly in each nice American struggle. In 1866, by means of an act of Congress, laws was adopted to create six all African American Army models. These preventing males represented the primary Black skilled troopers in a peacetime military. The recruits got here from diversified backgrounds together with previously enslaved folks and Civil War veterans. Once the westward motion had begun, outstanding amongst these blazing treacherous trails of the Wild West had been the Buffalo Soldiers of the U.S. Army. Learn about their historical past at Buffalo Soldiers National Museum.

Established in a one-room office in 1990, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum is devoted to preserving and celebrating the wealthy historical past of African-American baseball and its profound impression on the social development of America. Now you’ll be able to go to the museum’s 10,000 sq. ft. house to learn the way “Jim Crow” legal guidelines compelled Black baseball gamers to type their very own groups, “barnstorming” across the nation to play anybody who would problem them.

In 1920, an organized league structure was shaped beneath the steering of Andrew “Rube” Foster—a former participant, supervisor, and proprietor for the Chicago American Giants. In a meeting held on the Paseo YMCA in Kansas City, Mo., Foster and some different Midwestern group homeowners joined to type the Negro National League. Soon, rival leagues shaped in Eastern and Southern states, bringing the thrills and revolutionary play of black baseball to main city facilities and rural nation sides within the U.S., Canada, and Latin America. The Leagues maintained a excessive stage {of professional} ability and have become centerpieces for financial improvement in lots of black communities.

What began as an homage to Black cowboys, the Black American West Museum is now devoted to amassing, preserving and disseminating the contributions of Blacks within the Old West together with miners, troopers, homesteader, ranchers, blacksmiths, schoolteachers, lawmen and different essential professions.

—Kate Loweth, Amber Guetebier & Ayren Jackson-Cannady

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