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African American Museum | Philadelphia, PA

Credit: Beyond My Ken, Creative Commons License Opened during the 1976 Bicentennial celebrations, the African American Museum in Philadelphia (AAMP) is notable as the first museum funded and built by a municipality to help preserve, interpret and exhibit the heritage of African Americans.The AAMP is located in the City’s historic district, right on the corner […]

Struggle: Portraits of Civil Rights and Black Power

To commemorate the 50th anniversary years of the Civil Rights Act and Voting Rights Act, a new exhibition is on view at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum. Struggle: Portraits of Civil Rights and Black Power by City Paper photographer Joseph Giordano are nearly life-sized portraits of luminaries from these movements that create a new visual […]

Charles L. Blockson Collection

The Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection is one of the nation’s leading research facilities for the study of the history and culture of people of African descent. The core collection was donated to Temple University in 1983 by Charles L. Blockson, a Pennsylvania bibliophile and collector of Afro-Americana. This collection of over 500,000 items has […]

MOJA Arts Festival

Established in 1983, the MOJA Arts Festival is an 11-day multi-disciplinary festival that highlights the many African-American and Caribbean contributions to western and world cultures, specifically in the local context of South Carolina’s Lowcountry. Show More Summary

Spelman College Museum of Fine Arts

The Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, located on the historic Spelman College campus, is the only museum in the nation that emphasizes art by and about women of the African Diaspora. It was built in honor Camille Olivia Hanks-Cosby, wife of Bill Cosby, the world-renowned television star and comedian. The Spelman College permanent collection […]

Dance Africa

Considered the nation’s largest festival dedicated to African dance, DanceAfrica is a heritage and community celebration centered on the diverse dance forms of the African Diaspora held annually in New York City, Washington, DC, Atlanta, Philadelphia and Chicago. Show More Summary

Duke Ellington Memorial

The Duke Ellington Memorial  is the first monument in New York City dedicated to an African American and the first memorial to Ellington in the U.S. The monument depicts Ellington standing beside a concert grand, on three tall columns. A the top of each column stand three female figures that represent the muses.  The sculpture […]

St. Louis Walk of Fame

What do Maya Angelou, Chuck Berry and Tina Turner all have in common? They’re all members of the St. Louis Walk of Fame. The St. Louis Walk of Fame is a series of brass stars and bronze plaques set in the sidewalks in honor of notable people from St. Louis, Missouri, who made contributions to […]

Ben’s Chili Bowl

Ben’s Chili Bowl is a landmark eatery located next to Lincoln Theatre, in the Shaw neighborhood of northwest Washington D.C.  The establishement is known locally for its chili dogs, half-smokes, and milkshakes, and has been an integral part of the neighborhood’s history since its founding in 1958 by Ben Ali, a Trinidadian-born immigrant who had […]

Howard University

Howard University is a federally chartered, private, historically black university (HBCU) located in Washington, D.C. Although Howard University has always been open to students of any race, color, or creed, it had a special mission to provide advanced studies for blacks. It was founded in 1867 by missionaries as a training facility for black preachers […]

Strivers’ Section Historic District

The Strivers’ Section is a historic district located in the Dupont Circle neighborhood of Northwest Washington, D.C. It was historically an enclave of upper-middle-class African Americans, often community leaders, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Show More Summary

Howard Theatre

The Howard Theatre is a historic theater located in the Northwest corner of Washington, D.C. known today as the Shaw/U Street Corridor. In its heyday, the theater was known for catering to a largely African-American clientele, playing host to many of the great black musical artists of the early and mid-twentieth century, including such legends […]

Bronzeville: The Black Metropolis

The large expanse of Chicago’s South Side today called Bronzeville (“the Black Metropolis”) was the site of Chicago’s version of the Harlem Renaissance and was home to many famous African-Americans. Gwendolyn Brooks published poetry in the Chicago Defender, Andrew Rube Foster created Negro League Baseball, and Louis Armstrong kept his trumpet singing at the Sunset […]

Jazz Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

The Jazz Institute of Chicago was founded in 1969 by a small band of jazz fans, writers, club owners and musicians who came together to preserve the historical roots of the Chicago’s jazz music when rock ‘n roll had become the reigning cultural and financial force in American music. The Institute sponsors the world renown […]

After Midnight – Broadway’s Cotton Club Musical

After Midnight celebrates Duke Ellington’s years at the Cotton Club using his original arrangements and performed by a world-class big band of 17 musicians hand-picked by living jazz legend, Wynton Marsalis. The timeless tunes set against a narrative of Langston Hughes poetry. Everett Bradley and the cast of Broadway’s “After Midnight”. Photo by Matthew Murphy […]

Wilma C. Rudolph Statue

Wilma Glodean Rudolph (1940 – 1994) was an American athlete and an Olympic champion. Rudolph was considered the fastest woman in the world in the 1960s and competed in two Olympic Games, in 1956 and in 1960. In the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome Rudolph became the first American woman to win three gold medals […]

U.S. Capitol Slave Labor Commemorative Marker

When construction of the Capitol Building began in 1793, Washington, D.C., was little more than a rural landscape with dirt roads and few accommodations beyond a small number of boarding houses. Skilled labor was hard to find or attract to the fledgling city. Enslaved laborers, who were rented from their owners, were involved in almost […]

The African American Museum of Dallas

The African American Museum of Dallas was established in 1974 as a part of the Special Collections at Bishop College, a Historically Black College that closed in 1988. The Museum is the only one of its kind in the Southwestern Region of the United States devoted to the preservation and display of African American artistic, […]

Emancipation Memorial

The Emancipation Memorial, also known as the Freedman’s Memorial or the Emancipation Group, and sometimes referred to as the “Lincoln Memorial” before the more prominent so-named memorial was built, is a monument in Lincoln Park in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Credit: National Park Service Designed and sculpted by Thomas Ball and erected […]

Denmark Vesey House & Marker, Charleston SC

Denmark Vesey, a former African American slave, planned a large rebellion of former slaves and free blacks to coincide with Bastille Day celebrations in Charleston, S.C., in 1822. Vesey modeled his rebellion after the successful 1791 slave revolution in Haiti. Show More Summary

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