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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 4/18/2014

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    • April 18, 1813 James McCune Smith, physician, abolitionist and author, was born in New York City. After graduating from the African Free School, Smith tried to attend several American colleges but was denied admission because of his race. Therefore, he attended the University of Glasgow in Scotland where he graduated at the top of his class wi ...

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  • Today in Black History 4/17/2014

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    • April 17, 1823 Mifflin Wistar Gibbs, businessman, politician and the first elected African American municipal judge, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After the 1849 gold rush, Mifflin moved to San Francisco, California where he became a successful retail merchant and a leader of the San Francisco Black community. In 1855, he founded The ...

    Apr 17 Tags: Today in Black History
  • Today in Black History 4/16/2014

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    • April 16, 1861 Isaac Burns Murphy, hall of fame jockey, was born in Frankfort, Kentucky. Murphy competed in 11 Kentucky Derby’s and was the first jockey to ride three derby winners, Buchanan in 1884, Riley in 1890, and Kingman in 1891. Over his career, Murphy won 628 of the 1,412 starts, a winning percentage of 44.5% that historians feel “ther ...

    Apr 16 Tags: Today in Black History
  • Today in Black History 4/15/2014

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    • April 15, 1791 John Marrant, one to the first African American preachers and missionaries, died. Marrant was born June 15, 1755 in New York City but raised in Charleston, South Carolina. During the Revolutionary War, the British forced him into the navy where he served for seven years. In 1782, he began training as a Methodist minister and was ...

    Apr 15 Tags: Today in Black History
  • Today in Black History 4/14/2014

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    • April 14, 1816 The Bussa Rebellion, the first of three large-scale rebellions in the British West Indies that shook public faith in slavery, started in Barbados. The rebellion was led by an enslaved man named Bussa who had been born free in Africa but was captured by African slave merchants and brought to Barbados. Bussa commanded approximatel ...

    Apr 14 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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