The Charles H. Wright Museum
of African American History

Opening Minds. Changing Lives.

For over half a century, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History has dedicated itself to exploring and celebrating the rich cultural legacy of African Americans.

Mission Statement 

The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History opens minds and changes lives through the exploration and celebration of African American history and culture.


Vision Statement

Our vision is of a world in which the adversity and achievement of African American history inspire everyone toward greater understanding, acceptance, and unity!

  • Impacting Our Community.

    Each year, more than half a million people visit The Wright to engage with its unparalleled collection. Among those hundreds of thousands of men, women and children are many residents of Detroit itself.
  • Understanding. Acceptance. Unity.

    Through dozens of permanent and visiting exhibitions, over 150 learning and engagement programs, as well as education and research opportunities for adults, children, and visiting scholars, The Wright inspires visitors toward greater understanding, acceptance, and unity by reflecting on the triumphs and tragedies of African American history.

Who Was Dr. Wright?

On encountering a memorial to World War II heroes in Denmark during the mid twentieth century, Detroit-based obstetrician and gynecologist Dr. Charles H. Wright felt inspired—inspired to create a repository for African American history and culture, a space for celebration and remembrance that would inspire generations of visitors.

"I was committed to what I defined as 'one of the most important tasks of our times,'" Dr. Wright would later remark.

Dr. Wright defined that important task as "ensuring that generations, especially young African Americans, are made aware of and take pride in the history of their forebears and their remarkable struggle for freedom." Over half a century since Dr. Wright first opened the International Afro-American Museum in January of 1966, The Wright has expanded significantly in size and in ambition.

The state-of-the-art, 125,000 square-foot facility that the museum currently occupies in Detroit's thriving Midtown serves as a cultural beacon for the City of Detroit, and for the United States, championing the stories of African Americans and offering a space for rigorous contemplation for visitors of all backgrounds.

  • Protecting the Natural World

    The Wright is committed not only to preserving African American culture, but to preserving the environment, too. We work with local stakeholders and officials to help achieve climate justice.

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