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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, 7/31/2014

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    • July 31, 1831 Susan J. Tompkins Garnet, the first African American female school principal in the New York public school system, was born in Brooklyn, New York. Garnet received her early education from her grandmother, who ran a school in the attic of her home, and at 14 became a teacher’s assistant. She began teaching at the African Free Scho ...

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  • Today in Black History, 7/30/2014

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    • July 30, 1883 Elizabeth Ross Haynes, the first African American woman to serve on the national board of the Young Women’s Christian Association, was born in Lowndes County, Alabama. Haynes earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Fisk University in 1903 and her Master of Arts degree in sociology from Columbia University in 1923. She joined the ...

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  • Today in Black History, 7/29/2014

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    • July 29, 1794 Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania was dedicated. Mother Bethel was founded by Richard Allen and organized by African American members of St. George’s Methodist Church who walked out due to racial segregation in their worship services. The current structure was built in 1890 and is the ...

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  • Today in Black History, 7/28/2014

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    • July 28, 1892 Patrick H. Raymond, the first African American fire chief in the United States, died. Raymond was born in 1831 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Around 1847, his family moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts where he worked as a shoemaker before becoming a journalist at the Boston Herald and the Boston Advertiser. Able to pass as White, ...

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  • Today in Black History, 7/27/2014

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    • July 27, 1830 Osborne Perry Anderson, the only African American to escape capture from John Brown’s raid on Harpers Ferry, was born in West Fallow Field, Pennsylvania. Anderson attended Oberlin College before moving to Chatham, Ontario, Canada. There he worked as a printer for the Provincial Freeman. In 1858, he met Brown and was persuaded to ...

    Jul 27 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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