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Founded in 1965 and located in the heart of Midtown Detroit’s Cultural Center, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History is the world's largest institution dedicated to the African American experience. The Wright opens minds and changes lives through the exploration and celebration of African American history and culture. This 125,000-square foot museum provides a welcoming, inclusive environment for people of all ages, races, and backgrounds to immerse themselves in the African American experience, and gain a new appreciation for the diversity of our nation. Housing over 35,000 artifacts and archival materials, the Museum features:
· And Still We Rise: Our Journey Through African American History and Culture, the Museum's 22,000 square foot, interactive core exhibit, which is the largest single exhibition on African American history in existence
· The Ford Freedom Rotunda and its 65-foot high glass dome; this architectural wonder is two feet wider than the State Capitol dome
· Ring of Genealogy, a 37-foot terrazzo tile creation by artist Hubert Massey surrounded by bronze nameplates of prominent African Americans in history
· Inspiring Minds: African Americans in Science and Technology, a permanent exhibition focused on S.T.E.M. (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) concepts for children
· 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
· The General Motors Theater, a 317-seat facility for live performances, films and presentations
· A museum store that sells authentic African and African American art, books and merchandise
· Over 200 public events annually including concert performances, theatrical productions, film screenings, lectures, and family and children’s programming. The Museum also serves as a facility for countless private functions including weddings, anniversary parties, baby showers, corporate meetings and conferences, memorial services, and community events.
The Wright Museum serves close to a half million people annually through its exhibitions, programs, websites, and events such as African World Festival.

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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 International Council of Museums - United States, Midtown Detroit, Inc., and CultureSource, 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.

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  • President's Message, July 2015

    In June, as part of an international salute to African American theater with 30 other arts organizations around the world, The Wright hosted a staged reading of “HOME” by Samm-Art Williams to honor the 35th anniversary year of the play’s Broadway debut, and the 150th anniversary of the 13th amendment to the United States Constitution ending slav ...

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  • President's Message, April 2015

    My legacy was my job. Everything I did was what I was supposed to do... I was committed to what I defined as "one of the most important tasks of our times," ensuring that generations, especially young African Americans, are made aware of and take pride in the history of their forbears and their remarkable struggle for freedom. An idea came to ...

  • President's Message, January 2015

    50 years. One half-century. That is the length of time from the initial founding of the museum until today, initiated by Detroit obstetrician Dr. Charles H. Wright and a racially integrated group of citizens concerned about preserving the history and inspiring the aspirations of a people.

    50 years. One half-century. Selma. The Voting Rig ...

  • President's Message, October 2014

    When my daughter Shalewa was four years old, I wished for her what any mother wishes for her child – that she have all the opportunities possible to grow up safely and securely, and become a responsible, caring, and accomplished adult. But that’s not all… I also wished for her to be as strong as Harriet Tubman, as conscientious as Sojourner Trut ...

  • President's Message, July 2014

    The song of summer is upon us, and I am happy to report several pieces of what I call our Grace & Mercy news: an award of $1 million from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to support children's programming, and a donation of $100,000 from LJ Holdings Investment Company CEO and museum Trustee Jon E. Barfield. We are so grateful to the Kell ...

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Nikia Washington

Nikia Washington is the Marketing & PR Manager at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. A graduate of Bowling Green State University, Nikia has worked in the non-profit sector for the entirety of her career and has been with The Wright Museum since March 2014.

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