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Black History Month at The Wright

The Charles H. Wright Museum
of African American History

February 2023

Celebrate Black History Month with The Wright!

Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans, in recognition of their central role in U.S. history. This observance event grew out of “Negro History Week,” established by historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans in 1926.

Across the nation and around the world, Black History Month serves as a reminder of the resilience of generations of African Americans of all backgrounds who have fought for freedom and justice.

The Wright follows Black History Month themes chosen by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), founded by  Woodson.  This year’s theme is “Black Resistance."  Throughout the African American experience, resistance and resilience has taken many forms and the Charles H. Wright Museum is dedicated to exploring and celebrating the rich cultural legacy of those experiences.  

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When you become a part of our family, you'll enjoy a range of special benefits, and you'll keep the legacy of our founder—Dr. Charles H. Wright—alive for future generations.

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  • Join Us for Our Black History Month Events

    In observance of Black History Month, the Wright Museum will host events that explore and celebrate African American history and culture. The museum will also open on Tuesdays from 9:00am-5:00pm for the full month of February.
  • And Still We Rise!

    Join us each Thursday during Black History Month as we share parts of our world renowned long-term exhibition, And Still We Rise!
  • Visit Our Exhibitions

    Your purchase keeps our doors open, so history stays accessible for everyone. With dynamic permanent and visiting exhibitions, there are plenty of opportunities to explore The Wright!
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A Modern Masterwork

Created for The Wright's Ford Freedom Rotunda by Hubert Massey, the Ring of Genealogy is a 37-foot floor installation encircled by hundreds of bronze nameplates, each bearing the name of an iconic figure from African-American history.

It's a visual testament to African-American resilience, a memorial to the violence of slavery, and a monument to the quest for knowledge and human dignity all in one.


The more you know of your history, the more liberated you are.
Maya Angelou (1928-2014)