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The Wright Museum

Welcome to the world's largest institution dedicated to the African American experience! 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. Some of the museum’s features include:
• 125,000 square feet and seven exhibition areas devoted to African Americans and their stories
• The Children’s Discovery Room, an interactive, multimedia experience for preschool through 3rd grade students
• The Louise Lovett Wright Library and Robert L. Hurst Research Center
• "Ring of Genealogy," a 37-foot terrazzo tile creation by artist Hubert Massey surrounded by bronze nameplates of prominent African Americans
• The Ford Freedom Rotunda and its 65-foot high glass dome; this architectural wonder is two feet wider than the State Capitol dome
• The General Motors Theater, a 317 seat facility for film, live performances, lectures, and presentations
• A museum store that sells authentic African art, books, and other merchandise.
Founded in 1965 by Detroit obstetrician Dr. Charles Wright, the 125,000-square foot Wright Museum is located in the heart of Midtown Detroit's Cultural Center, next to the Michigan Science Center and one block from 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. Thousands more enjoy a wide array of spectacular events including concerts, film screenings, lectures, performances, community health and fitness classes, and so much more! All told, The Wright serves close to a half million people per year through its exhibits, programs, rentals, websites, and annual events such as African World Festival.

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  • Today in Black History, 11/23/2014

    • November 23, 1860 Edward Austin Johnson, educator, lawyer, politician and author, was born enslaved in Raleigh, North Carolina. Johnson was emancipated at the end of the Civil War and earned his bachelor’s degree from Atlanta University in 1883. After graduating, he served as a principal first in the Atlanta school system and then in the Ralei ...

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  • Today in Black History, 11/22/2014

    • November 22, 1871 Oscar James Dunn, the first elected Black lieutenant governor of a U. S. state, died. Dunn was born around 1826 in New Orleans, Louisiana. During the 1850s he became a member of the Prince Hall Masons, eventually serving as Grand Master of one of the lodges. This provided him a power base that would be the foundation of his p ...

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  • Today in Black History, 11/21/2014

    • November 21, 1865 Shaw University was founded in Raleigh, North Carolina by the American Baptist Home Mission Society as the first college for African Americans in the South. The university was named for Elijah Shaw, benefactor of Shaw Hall, the first building constructed for the college. The Leonard Medical School was established in 1881 as t ...

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  • Today in Black History, 11/20/2014

    • November 20, 1695 Zumbi, also known as Zumbi dos Palmares, leader of the Quilombo dos Palmares in Brazil was captured and beheaded by the Portuguese. Zumbi was born free in Palmares in 1655 but was captured by the Portuguese when he was six years old. Despite efforts to pacify him, Zumbi escaped when he was 15 and returned to his birthplace. H ...

    Nov 20 Tags: Today in Black History
  • Today in Black History, 11/19/2014

    • November 19, 1797 Sojourner Truth, hall of fame abolitionist and women’s rights activist, was born Isabella Baumfree enslaved in Swartekill, New York. When Truth was nine, she was sold with a flock of sheep for $100. In 1826, Truth escaped to freedom and in 1843 changed her name and began traveling and preaching about abolition. Her memoir, “T ...

    Nov 19 Tags: Today in Black History
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Juanita Moore

Juanita Moore, President & CEO of the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, the largest museum of its kind, has over 30 years of museum experience: as curator, educator, administrator and museum planner. Prior to assuming her current post, she served as Executive Director of the American Jazz Museum and the Gem Theater located in the 18th & Vine Historic District (Kansas City, MO). As founding Executive Director of the National Civil Rights Museum (Memphis, TN), Juanita oversaw the construction and opening of the museum located at the Lorraine Motel, the site of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Juanita currently serves as a member of the Boards of Directors of the American Alliance of Museums, Midtown Detroit, Inc., and Cultural Alliance of Southeastern Michigan, and was appointed by Governors Granholm and Snyder to the Michigan Freedom Trail Commission. Juanita has served as past President of the Board of the Association of African American Museums. She is the proud parent of one daughter, Shalewa, who is currently a law student.

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