Black Museums in the United States




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ALABAMA

Selma

The National Voting Rights Museum and Institute

Our mission is to be a Museum and Institute that chronicles and preserves the historic journey for the right to vote that began when the “Founding Fathers” first planted the seeds of democracy in 1776.

Birmingham

Negro Southern League Museum

The Negro Southern League was created in 1920 by a group of African-American businessmen and baseball enthusiasts. From 1920 until its demise in 1951, the Negro Southern League served as a feeder route for many great black baseball players to go on to the Negro American League and Negro National League. 

Dothan

G W Carver Interpretive Museum

The G.W. Carver Interpretive Museum is a community museum focused on educating individuals of all ages, races and creeds on the rich historical contributions of African-Americans.  We aim to provide a welcoming environment that allows you, our guest, to be inquisitive and enlightened.  Our friendly and knowledgeable staff is committed to providing you with an uncommon (and unforgettable) experience that will compel you to return time and time again!

Tuscaloosa

Murphy African American Museum

Located in The Murphy-Collins House-Home of Tuscaloosa’s first licensed black mortician, features the lifestyle of affluent blacks during the early 1900s, built in 1923. National Register of Historic Places - Tuscaloosa County, Alabama

Montgomery

Dexter Parsonage Museum

The Dexter Parsonage Museum, historic home to twelve pastors of the Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church from 1920-1992, was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982. It was restored in 2003 by the Dexter Avenue King Memorial Foundation, Inc., under the direction of church members, acting as an Authentication Committee.

Danville

Jesse Owens Memorial Park and Museum

Jesse Owens Museum digital collection includes the complete archives related to the inspiration, development and operation of the Jesse Owens Park and Museum. The collection includes documents, photos, correspondence, board minutes and news articles from 1983 to the present.

Mobile

National African American Archives and Museum

The National African American Archives and Museum, formerly known as the Davis Avenue Branch of Mobile Public Library, is an archive and history museum located in Mobile, Alabama. It serves as a repository for documents, records, photographs, books, African carvings, furniture, and special collections that relate to the African-American experience in the United States.

Troy

Rosa Parks Library and Museum

Troy University’s Rosa Parks Museum is an active memorial to the life of civil rights icon Rosa Parks and the lessons of the Montgomery Bus Boycott that brought racial integration to transportation and international attention to civil rights. Located in downtown Montgomery, Alabama at the site where Mrs. Parks was arrested, it is the nation’s only museum dedicated to Rosa Parks.



Alaska

No Black museums




ARIZONA


Phoenix

The George Washington Carver Museum

The George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center is a historical preservation site that is dedicated to the Collection, Documentation, Preservation, Study, and Dissemination of the History and Culture of Africans and Americans of African Descent in Arizona.



Arkansas

Pocahontas

Eddie Mae Herron Center & Museum

The Mission of the Eddie Mae Herron Center is to help individuals, communities, and organizations to identify, protect, and preserve the history and to foster widespread appreciation of and respect for the African American culture.

Little Rock

Ernie's Museum on Black Arkansans

By appointment only, February through September. Ernie's Museum of Black Arkansans and Performing Arts, founded in 1993, is a privately funded non-profit institution. It is the state's first black history museum dedicated to preserving the culture and heritage of African-Americans in Arkansas.

Mosaic Templars Cultural Center

The Mosaic Templars Cultural Center is a Department of Arkansas Heritage museum in Little Rock, Arkansas, United States. Its mission is to collect, preserve, interpret and celebrate African American history, culture and community in Arkansas from 1870 to the present, and informs and educates the public about black achievements, especially in business, politics and the arts.


CALIFORNIA

Los Angeles

California African-American Museum

The California African American Museum is a museum located in Exposition Park, Los Angeles, California, United States. The Museum focuses on enrichment and education on the cultural heritage and history of African Americans with a focus on California and western United States. Admission is free to all visitors. 

Oran Z's Pan African Black Facts & Wax Museum

Oran Z’s massive collection of African-American artifacts, including everything from slave shackles to once-popular "Mamie" cookie jars to a flag signed by Barack Obama. 

San Diego

African Museum Casa del Rey Moro

The African Museum showcases extensive educational information in charts, timelines and graphics that bring you a better understanding of African cultural history and its impact throughout the world. There is also a collection of culturally relevant items, including carvings, weavings and other artifacts from over 10 different African countries. 

Oakland

African American Museum & Library at Oakland

The African American Museum and Library at Oakland is dedicated to the discovery, preservation, interpretation and sharing of historical and cultural experiences of African Americans in California and the West for present and future generations.




COLORADO

Black American West Museum & Heritage Center

A museum that explores the history of black cowboys, wranglers and ranchers in the American West.



CONNECTICUT

Stamford

BLACK WW II HISTORY MUSEUM

This museum is the only one of its kind in the U.S. The museum was created not to glorify war but to document it -- In particular to honor the long-ignored role of African-Americans in the largest worldwide conflict of human history.

Hartford

John E. Rogers African American Cultural Center

The cultural center was named after Hartford resident John Rogers, the first African American superintendent of a post office in Connecticut. Rogers became regarded as a consultant in black history to the University of Hartford and Greater Hartford Community College.

Delaware

Wilmington

Jane and Littleton Mitchell Center for African American Heritage

The purpose of the Mitchell Center for African American Heritage is to collect, preserve, research and present for public enrichment the history and heritage of Delaware’s African Americans and it is headquartered on the Delaware Historical Society’s Wilmington campus in the Delaware History Museum.






FLORIDA

New Smyrna Beach

Black Heritage Museum

(Also known as the Mary S. Harrell Black Heritage Museum ) is a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing awareness and appreciation for African American culture and history. Emphasizing the contributions of its people, the museum preserves and displays a collection of photos, oral histories, memorabilia and artifacts to educate citizens about the history of race relations in small-town Florida over the course of the twentieth century.

Miami

Black Police Precinct and Courthouse Museum

The museum is a full service facility. It displays police memorabilia, artifacts, documents, video, and word-of-mouth stories by the men and women who worked there. It provides a community center for its citizens, a tutorial center, and learning center for children in the City of Miami’s most underprivileged neighborhoods.

St. Petersburg

Dr Carter G Woodson Museum

The museum presents the historic voice of one segment of the St. Petersburg Florida community in the perspective of local, regional, and national history, culture and community. It is another demonstration of the commitment to revitalize the Midtown St. Petersburg area.

Orlando

Wells' Built Museum of African American History and Culture

Dr. William Monroe Wells, an African American physician, built this hotel in 1926 to provide lodging to African Americans visiting the Orlando area. Second-floor hotel rooms complemented three first-floor store fronts. The adjacent South Street Casino attracted many famous entertainers, and the hotel became their favorite stopping place. Today, with authentic furnishings of the 1930s, the museum, features artifacts that include official hotel documents, an original Negro League baseball jersey and slave records. 

Fort Lauderdale

African-American research library and Cultural Center

A main library and a unique children's library with more Black history books and books written by Blacks than any other facility in the country. The auditorium and exhibit areas provide opportunities to exchange ideas and cultural values as well as promote an understanding and appreciation of the contributions of persons of African descent. Monday & Wednesday, 12 noon to 8pm. All other days, including Sunday, are 10am to 6pm.


GEORGIA

Thomasville

Jack Hadley Black History Museum

We are Thomasville’s First Black History Museum, established in 1995 to educate individuals about the history and culture of African Americans locally and nationally. The museum was founded by African-American historian, James “Jack” Hadley who has preserved over 4,669 pieces of African American artifacts with emphasis on Thomasville’s First Black Achievers, state and national achievers that commemorate their lives and accomplishments.

Augusta

The Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History

The mission of the Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History is to promote the legacy of Ms. Lucy Craft Laney through arts and history.  We accomplish this awesome task by educating and exposing children and adults of the CSRA, the State and beyond to the arts, history, literature and leadership through exhibits and programs.

Atlanta

Martin Luther King Jr. Birth House

The only ranger-led tour in the park is of Dr. King's Birth Home. All other facilities such as the Visitor Centeer, Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, Dr. and Mrs. King's Gravesite, Freedom Hall, and Historic Fire Station No. 6 are self-guided. The ranger-led tour is free and lasts approximately 30 minutes during which time you will learn about the life of a young M. L. King. The home is open for tours on a daily basis, except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day, with the first tour at 10:00 am and the last tour at 4:00 p.m. Tours are limited to 15 people.

The King Center

The King Library and Archives in Atlanta is the largest repository of primary source materials on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the American Civil Rights Movement in the world. The collection consists of the papers of Dr. King and those of the organization he co-founded.

The APEX Museum

Preserving history fuels us. To excite, explore, express, examine, explain and exhibit is to open new doors to be an example by which all can make good. At the APEX Museum, we pride ourselves in connecting African, African-American diaspora, and Black Atlanta history to provide our visitors with an experience unlike any other.

National Center for Human Civil Rights

The National Center for Civil and Human Rights in downtown Atlanta is an engaging cultural attraction that connects the American Civil Rights Movement to today’s struggle for Global Human Rights. Our purpose is to create a safe space for visitors to explore the fundamental rights of all human beings so that they leave inspired and empowered to join the ongoing dialogue about human rights in their communities.

Macon

Tubman Museum

The Tubman Museum fulfills its mission through diverse exhibitions, innovative educational programming, cutting edge technology and a host of special events throughout the year.



HAWAII

Honolulu

African American Diversity Cultural Center Hawaii

The African American Diversity Cultural Center Hawai'i (AADCCH) museum repository collects and archives historical documentation to preserve 200 years of Black history in Hawai'i and share it with the community to educate and enhance cultural appreciation. 


IDAHO

Boise

Idaho Black History Museum

The Idaho Black History Museum provides opportunities for educational enrichment and promotes the study of the contributions of Black Americans in American history.

ILLINOIS

Chicago

A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum

This museum focuses on the man and the African- American contribution to America's labor history and the Pullman Porters, the Great Migration, and the American Civil Rights Movement.

DuSable Museum of African American History

The DuSable Museum of African American History is dedicated to the study and conservation of African American history, culture, and art. It was founded in 1961 by Dr. Margaret Taylor-Burroughs, her husband Charles Burroughs, Gerard Lew, Eugene Feldman, Marian M. Hadley, and others.[1] Taylor-Burroughs and other founders established the museum to celebrate black culture, at the time overlooked by most museums and academic establishments. 

Peoria

African American Hall of Fame Museum

The African American Hall of Fame Museum was founded in 1987 by a small group of civic leaders with a mission to educate through preserving and promoting art and history that highlight African American achievements and individuals that have had an impact on the African American experience, in our community and beyond.

Carbondale

African American Museum of Southern Illinois

The purpose of the African American Museum of Southern Illinois is to identify, preserve, and portray outstanding achievements in African American history and culture. 

INDIANA

Indianapolis

Early Black Settlement - Indiana Historical Society

The Indiana Historical Society is one of the United States' oldest and largest historical societies and describes itself as "Indiana's Storyteller".

Fort Wayne

African-American Historical Museum

The AAAHSM (“AWESOME”) exhibits the histories of people of African descent in Allen County since 1809, and African history from earliest times to today. An Arts United affiliate, the museum houses the city’s largest public collection of African Art.

Evansville

Evansville African American Museum

The mission of the Evansville African American Museum is to continually develop a resource and cultural center to collect, preserve, and educate the public on the history and traditions of African American families, organizations, and communities.





IOWA

Cedar Rapids

African-American Museum of Iowa

The African American Museum of Iowa is a statewide museum dedicated to preserving, exhibiting, and teaching Iowa’s African American history. As Iowa’s leading educational resource on the topic, we educate more than 30,000 people each year through museum tours, traveling exhibits, research services, youth and adult education programs, and community and fundraising events.






KANSAS

Wichita

The Kansas African-American Museum

The Kansas African American Museum, formerly the venerable Calvary Baptist Church was once the cornerstone of Wichita's vibrant black community

Kansas City

Negro Leagues Baseball Museum

The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum (NLBM) is the world’s only museum dedicated to preserving and celebrating the rich history of African-American baseball and its impact on the social advancement of America. The privately funded, 501 c3, not-for-profit organization was established in 1990 and is in the heart of Kansas City, Missouri’s Historic 18th & Vine Jazz District. The NLBM operates two blocks from the Paseo YMCA where Andrew “Rube” Foster established the Negro National League in 1920.

Bruce R. Watkin Center

This living museum stands in tribute to the legacy of Kansas City’s early African-American pioneers and embodies the artistic, cultural and social history of the African-American experience.



KENTUCKY

Louisville

Kentucky Center for African-American Heritage

The Kentucky Center for African American Heritage is the result of a collection of African American educators, artist, and historians who have collaborated to give the long-dormant history of African Americans in their region the voice and platform it deserves. This group evolved from the Louisville and Jefferson County African American Heritage Committee into its current mold, with a single unifying goal of promoting the Kentuckiana region’s black heritage.

Roots 101

The Roots 101 African – American Museum will be a museum dedicated to tell the story of the African-American journey from Africa and all ports in between.

Muhammad Ali Center

The Muhammad Ali Center is a non-profit museum and cultural center in Louisville, Kentucky. Dedicated to boxer Muhammad Ali, a native of Louisville, it is located in the city's West Main District. 

LOUISIANA

Opelousas

Creole Heritage Folklife Center

The Creole Heritage Folklife Center is located in an old house, deliberately kept rustic so that visitors get a true sense of the period. There is a potbelly stove in the kitchen, a dry sink on the countertop, a hand-braided rug in front of the bedroom fireplace, and shelves with hats and hatboxes of the era.

Houma

Finding Our Roots African American Museum

This landmark museum is the first exhibition and education venue dedicated to African American history and culture in the Terrebone parish. It aims to educate and to raise awareness of the significance of African American history to an understanding of the overall story of America as experienced in the Bayou Region .

Hammond

Tangipahoa African American Heritage Museum

The Tangipahoa African American Heritage Museum & Veterans Archives is a museum on Phoenix Square in Hammond, Louisiana. There are three main buildings.

New Orleans

New Orleans African American Museum

The New Orleans African American Museum in New Orleans, Louisiana, is located in the historic Tremé neighborhood, the oldest-surviving black community in the United States

Edgard

Whitney Plantation

The Whitney Plantation Historic District is a museum devoted to slavery in the Southern United States. The district, including the main house and outbuildings, is preserved near Wallace, in St. John the Baptist Parish, Louisiana

Melrose

Melrose Plantation

Melrose Plantation is an Antebellum historic house museum located in Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana. A National Historic Landmark, Melrose Plantation contains nine historic buildings including the African House, Yucca House, Weaving Cabin, Bindery and the Big House.

Monroe

Northeast Louisiana Delta African American Heritage Museum

Founded in 1994, the Northeast Louisiana Delta African Heritage Museum museum features seminars, events, and research materials on the 1960s civil rights movement in Northeast Louisiana, plus works of art by Don Cincone, Bernard Menyweather, and Agnes Hicks.

Donaldsville

River Road African American Museum

River Road African American Museum is a museum of culture and history in Donaldsonville, Louisiana, United States. Founded in 1994, it was among the first Louisiana museums to tell the story of Africans and African Americans, both slave and free. 

Shreveport

Stephens African American Museum

The Stephens African-American Museum was opened in 1994 as a community service project of the Spencer Ray Stephens Foundation, Inc. It is a living museum dedicated to the preservation of African-American history, artifacts and documents.


MAINE

No black museums to be found


MARYLAND

Baltimore

Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Museum

The Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park and Museum is a Living Classrooms Foundation campus and national heritage site that celebrates the legacy of Baltimore’s own Frederick Douglass,Isaac Myers, and the first shipyard established by African-Americans in 1868,the Chesapeake Marine Railway and Dry Dock Company right at the water’s edge on the Inner Harbor in historic Fells Point.

Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture Baltimore

The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African-American History & Culture is the premier experience and best resource for information and inspiration about the lives of African American Marylanders.

The National Great Blacks in Wax Museum

The National Great Blacks in Wax Museum is a wax museum in Baltimore, Maryland featuring prominent African-American historical figures. It was established in 1983, in a downtown storefront on Saratoga Street.

KENTUCKY

Louisville

Kentucky Center for African-American Heritage

The Kentucky Center for African American Heritage is the result of a collection of African American educators, artist, and historians who have collaborated to give the long-dormant history of African Americans in their region the voice and platform it deserves. This group evolved from the Louisville and Jefferson County African American Heritage Committee into its current mold, with a single unifying goal of promoting the Kentuckiana region’s black heritage.

Roots 101

The Roots 101 African – American Museum will be a museum dedicated to tell the story of the African-American journey from Africa and all ports in between.

Muhammad Ali Center

The Muhammad Ali Center is a non-profit museum and cultural center in Louisville, Kentucky. Dedicated to boxer Muhammad Ali, a native of Louisville, it is located in the city's West Main District. 





LOUISIANA

Opelousas

Creole Heritage Folklife Center

The Creole Heritage Folklife Center is located in an old house, deliberately kept rustic so that visitors get a true sense of the period. There is a potbelly stove in the kitchen, a dry sink on the countertop, a hand-braided rug in front of the bedroom fireplace, and shelves with hats and hatboxes of the era.

Houma

Finding Our Roots African American Museum

This landmark museum is the first exhibition and education venue dedicated to African American history and culture in the Terrebone parish. It aims to educate and to raise awareness of the significance of African American history to an understanding of the overall story of America as experienced in the Bayou Region .

Hammond

Tangipahoa African American Heritage Museum

The Tangipahoa African American Heritage Museum & Veterans Archives is a museum on Phoenix Square in Hammond, Louisiana. There are three main buildings.

New Orleans

New Orleans African American Museum

The New Orleans African American Museum in New Orleans, Louisiana, is located in the historic Tremé neighborhood, the oldest-surviving black community in the United States

Edgard

Whitney Plantation

The Whitney Plantation Historic District is a museum devoted to slavery in the Southern United States. The district, including the main house and outbuildings, is preserved near Wallace, in St. John the Baptist Parish, Louisiana

Melrose

Melrose Plantation

Melrose Plantation is an Antebellum historic house museum located in Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana. A National Historic Landmark, Melrose Plantation contains nine historic buildings including the African House, Yucca House, Weaving Cabin, Bindery and the Big House.

Monroe

Northeast Louisiana Delta African American Heritage Museum

Founded in 1994, the Northeast Louisiana Delta African Heritage Museum museum features seminars, events, and research materials on the 1960s civil rights movement in Northeast Louisiana, plus works of art by Don Cincone, Bernard Menyweather, and Agnes Hicks.

Donaldsville

River Road African American Museum

River Road African American Museum is a museum of culture and history in Donaldsonville, Louisiana, United States. Founded in 1994, it was among the first Louisiana museums to tell the story of Africans and African Americans, both slave and free. 

Shreveport

Stephens African American Museum

The Stephens African-American Museum was opened in 1994 as a community service project of the Spencer Ray Stephens Foundation, Inc. It is a living museum dedicated to the preservation of African-American history, artifacts and documents.



MAINE

No black museums to be found





MARYLAND

Baltimore

Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Museum

The Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park and Museum is a Living Classrooms Foundation campus and national heritage site that celebrates the legacy of Baltimore’s own Frederick Douglass,Isaac Myers, and the first shipyard established by African-Americans in 1868,the Chesapeake Marine Railway and Dry Dock Company right at the water’s edge on the Inner Harbor in historic Fells Point.

Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture Baltimore

The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African-American History & Culture is the premier experience and best resource for information and inspiration about the lives of African American Marylanders.

The National Great Blacks in Wax Museum

The National Great Blacks in Wax Museum is a wax museum in Baltimore, Maryland featuring prominent African-American historical figures. It was established in 1983, in a downtown storefront on Saratoga Street.



MASSACHUSETTS

Boston

Museum of African American History

The Museum of African American History is New England’s largest museum dedicated to preserving, conserving and interpreting the contributions of African Americans. In Boston and Nantucket, the Museum has preserved two historic sites and two Black Heritage Trails® that tell the story of organized black communities from the Colonial Period through the 19th century.

Mansfield

National Black Doll Museum

Our Mission is three-fold to nurture self-esteem, promote culture diversity and to preserve the history of black dolls by educating the public on their significance.

Springfield

The Pan African Historical Museum

Pan African Historical Museum USA (PAHMUSA) have been bringing African and African-American culture and history alive for area students as well as the general public in their museum spaces at Tower Square.  PAHMUSA is where African culture and African-American history converge to paint a full picture of Black History, with a special focus on Western Massachusetts. 

Roxbury

Museum Of The National Center Of Afro American Artists Inc.

The National Center of Afro-American Artists (NCAAA) is an institution founded in 1968 by Elma Lewis to "preserv[e] and foster[] the cultural arts heritage of black peoples worldwide through arts teaching, and the presentation of professional works in all fine arts disciplines."


MICHIGAN

Detroit

Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History is located in the Cultural Center of the U.S. city of Detroit, Michigan. Founded in 1965, the museum holds the world's largest permanent exhibit on African-American culture. In 1997, Detroit architects Sims-Varner & Associates designed a new 120,000 square foot facility on Warren Avenue. 

The James Jackson Museum of African American History

A museum that seeks to understand American history through the lens of the African Americanexperience. National Museum of African American History and Culture | A museum that seeks to understand American history through the lens of the African American experience.

Motown Museum

Originally the recording studios and residence of Berry Gordy and Motown Records. Information for visitors to the museum, and profiles of the label's featured artists including Stevie Wonder, The Supremes, Jackson 5, and Four Tops. Located in Detroit, Michigan, USA.





MINNESOTA

Minneapolis

Minnesota African American Museum

The Minnesota African American Heritage Museum and Gallery (MAAHMG) is a Minnesota non-profit organization that was founded in 2018. The Museum's purpose is to preserve, record and highlight the achievements, contributions and experiences of African Americans in Minnesota.




MISSISSIPPI



Jackson

Mississippi Civil Rights Museum

The Mississippi Civil Rights Museum is a museum in Jackson, Mississippi. Its mission is to document, exhibit the history of, and educate the public about the American Civil Rights Movement in the U.S. state of Mississippi between 1945 and 1970

African American Military History Museum

The African American Military History Museum, also known as East Sixth Street USO Building, was constructed in 1942 as a USO Club for African American soldiers who were stationed at Camp Shelby.

Natchez

Natchez Museum Of African American History & Culture

The Natchez Museum of African American History and Culture is a museum located in Natchez, MS, United States. The museum chronicles the history and culture of African Americans in the southern United States.

The Oakes African American Culture Center

Oakes African American Cultural Center. The house has many architectural features that are unusual and remarkably well preserved. The leaded-glass entrance doors, original mantels, chimneys, walls, and stairs are especially interesting. 

Smith Robertson Museum & Cultural

The Smith Robertson Museum and Cultural Center documents the history and achievements of African Americans in Mississippi and sponsors workshops and festivals. 

Indianola

B.B King Museum & Delta Interpretive Center

The B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center is a Delta blues museum with the mission to "empower, unite and heal through music, art and education and share with the world the rich cultural heritage of the Mississippi Delta." The museum, named for blues legend, B.B. King, is located in his hometown of Indianola, Mississippi, in the United States.



MISSOURI

Kansas City

American Jazz Museum

The American Jazz Museum is a jazz museum in the historic 18th and Vine district of Kansas City, Missouri. The museum preserves the history of American jazz music, with exhibits on Charlie Parker, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald and others.

Negro Leagues Baseball Museum

The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum is a privately funded museum dedicated to preserving the history of Negro league baseball in America. It was founded in 1990 in Kansas City, Missouri, in the historic 18th & Vine District, the hub of African-American cultural activity in Kansas City during the first half of the 20th century.

St. Louis

George B. Vashon Museum

The George B. Vashon Museum truly is a hidden gem. Started by former teacher and black memorabilia collector, Calvin Riley, the George B. Vashon Museum houses a collection that encompases 250 years of African American history in St. Louis

Griot of Black History and Culture

The Griot Museum of Black History. In some west African countries, the griot, is a historian, storyteller, praise singer, poet and/or musician. The griot is a repository of oral tradition and is often seen as a societal leader who preserves and shares cultural traditions of a community.

SCOTT JOPLIN HOUSE STATE HISTORIC SITE

The Scott Joplin House State Historic Site is located at 2658 Delmar Boulevard in St. Louis, Missouri. It preserves the Scott Joplin Residence, the home of composer Scott Joplin from 1901 to 1903. The house and its surroundings are maintained by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources as a state historic site. The house was added to the National Register of Historic Places and designated a U.S. National Historic Landmark in 1976.

National Blues Museum

The National Blues Museum is a museum in St. Louis, Missouri, United States, dedicated to exploring the musical history and impact of the blues. It exists as an entertainment and educational resource focusing on blues music.



MONTANA

No black museums found






NEBRASKA

Omaha

Great Plains Black History Museum

The Great Plains Black History Museum has been a striving institution dedicated to publicizing and preserving the achievements of the region’s vibrant African American heritage. To ensure the success both of a future capital campaign and the sustainability of the institution, the museummust gain broad community acceptance

Lincoln

Midwestern African Museum of Art, Culture & Resource Center

The Midwestern African Museum of Art, Culture and Resource Center or MAMA welcomes the community and visitors to Lincoln to come experience the hidden beauty and rich history of Africa’s art and culture. MAMA is the first established African museum.





NEVADA

Las Vegas

Walker African American Museum

The Walker African-American Museum is the only African-American museum in Nevada. It recounts the history and heritage of African Americans. The museum exhibits some unique artifacts, works of art and other related memorabilia.





NEW HAMPSHIRE

Portsmouth

Seacoast African American Cultural Center

Seacoast African American Cultural Center is located at 8 Islington St in Portsmouth, NH - Rockingham County and is a business listed in the categories Art Galleries & Dealers, Art Galleries and Art Galleries, By Subject.



NEW JERSEY

Atlantic City & Newtonville

African American Heritage Museum of Southern New Jersey

AAHMSNJ features African American cultural artifacts and the work of local artists in Southern New Jersey. With a permanent home in Atlantic City and a traveling museum with access to over 3,000 historical and cultural artifacts

NEW MEXICO

Albuquerque
African American Museum & Cultural Center of New Mexico

The mission of the African American Museum and Cultural Center of New Mexico (AAMCCNM) is to increase awareness and understanding of the contributions of people of African descent with emphasis on New Mexico and the Southwest.

NEW YORK

Brooklyn

Black Inventors Museum

The Black Inventor Online Museum is the #1 resource on the web focusing on the ingenuity and accomplishments of the top Black inventors over the last 300 years. Their contributions are chronicled and the inventors are profiled, providing information for students and others interested in these pioneers of Black History.

Queens

Louis Armstrong House Museum

The Louis Armstrong House was the home of Louis Armstrong and his wife Lucille Wilson from 1943 until his death in 1971. Lucille gave ownership of it to the city of New York in order to create a museum focused on her husband.

New York City

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture is a research library of the New York Public Library and an archive repository for information on people of African descent worldwide

The Studio Museum in Harlem

The Studio Museum in Harlem is the nexus for artists of African descent locally, nationally, and internationally and for work that has been inspired and influenced by black culture. It is a site for the dynamic exchange of ideas about art and society.

Fraunces Tavern Museum

Fraunces Tavern Museum’s mission is to preserve and interpret the history of the American Revolutionary era through public education

Harlem

African-American Wax Museum of Harlem

Museum devoted to Afro-American art and culture. Its offerings range from sculptures and wax mannequins to paintings and folk art.








NORTH CAROLINA

Raleigh

African American Cultural Complex

The African American Cultural Complex museum has a unique collection of artifacts, documents and displays of outstanding contributions made by African Americans that are housed in several buildings along a picturesque nature trail.

Greensboro

International Civil Rights Center & Museum

The International Civil Rights Center & Museum is located in Greensboro, North Carolina, United States. Its building formerly housed the Woolworth's, the site of a non-violent protest in the civil rights movement. Four students from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University started the Greensboro sit-ins at a "whites only" lunch counter on February 1, 1960

Charlotte

The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
at Levine Center for the Arts


The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, formerly known as the Afro-American Cultural Center, is located in Charlotte, North Carolina and named for Harvey Gantt, the city's first African-American mayor and the first African-American student at Clemson University.

NORTH DAKOTA

No black museums found


OHIO

Cleveland

African American Museum

The Museum is housed in a 100-year-old Carnegie Library building. The Museum works to educate young people about the positive contributions of blacks to the cultures of the world, and to eliminate the distorted portrayals and images of black people.

Cincinnati

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center is a museum in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio based on the history of the Underground Railroad. Opened in 2004, the Center also pays tribute to all efforts to "abolish human enslavement and secure freedom for all people."

Wilberforce

National Afro-American Museum & Cultural Center

The National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center is a museum located in Wilberforce, Ohio, whose mission is to chronicle through its collections and programs the rich and varied experiences of African Americans from their African origins to the present. It is one of many museums operated by the Ohio History Connection.

Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument

The Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument, a National Monument of the United States, commemorates the life of Charles Young, an escaped slave who rose to become a Buffalo Soldier in the United States Army and its first African-American colonel.

OKLAHOMA

Garfield

Leona Mitchell Southern Heights Heritage Center and Museum

Leona Mitchell Southern Heights Heritage Center and Museum is a repository situated along the Old Chisholm Trail, in the former Cherokee Outlet, which was owned by that Nation’s Freedmen and Autonomous Bands prior to the premature 1893 settlement by Boomers.

Grady

Loretta Y. Jackson African American Historical Society Museum

To encourage the study and appreciation of African American heritage and cultural contributions.


OREGON

Salem
Oregon African American Museum

It’s original plan was to continue expanding on its research and telling the stories of these pioneers through presentations, exhibits, and books and to partner with school districts and historical organizations to distribute this information statewide.



PENNSYLVANIA

Philadelphia

The African American Museum in Philadelphia

The African American Museum in Philadelphia is notable as the first museum funded and built by a municipality to help preserve, interpret and exhibit the heritage of African Americans.

Black Writers Museum

Our Mission. To provide youth and community programming by utilizing exhibits of classic and modern Black authors and their composition as tools for teaching and learning. Service Areas

Central PA African American Museum

The Central PA African American Museum, located in Reading, is an easy day trip from Cumberland Valley. The museum is home to a collection of art, documents, court records and book focused on African American history in the Berks and Reading areas.

The Colored Girls Museum

The Colored Girls Museum is a memoir museum, which honors the stories, experiences, and history of ordinary Colored Girls. This museum initiates the object—submitted by the colored girl herself, as representative of an aspect of her story and personal history, which she finds meaningful .

Pittsburgh

August Wilson Center for African American Culture

August Wilson Cultural Center is a U.S. nonprofit arts organization based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania that presents performing and visual arts programs that celebrate the contributions of African Americans not only in Western Pennsylvania, but nationally and internationally.

Reading

Central Pennsylvania African American Museum

The Central Pennsylvania African-American Museum is housed in a church that was once a stop on the Underground Railroad. The museum contains a large collection of artifacts, art objects, books, and photographs that document and describe the African-American experience in the New World.

RHODE ISLAND

Providence

The Rhode Island Black Heritage Society

The Rhode Island Black Heritage Society was constituted for the purposes of procuring, collecting, and preserving books, pamphlets, letters, manuscripts, prints, photographs, paintings, and historical materials relating to the history of African Americans in Rhode Island.

Stages of Freedom

Stages of Freedom Museum Celebrates African American History. The museum name was created by Robb Dimmick, the program director, using words from Frederick Douglass: “We are on a journey to Freedom.


SOUTH CAROLINA

Charleston

Avery Research Center

The mission of the Avery Research Center is to collect, preserve, and promote the unique history and culture of the African diaspora, with an emphasis on Charleston, the South Carolina Lowcountry, and beyond.

Old Slave Mart Museum

The Old Slave Mart Museum has operated sporadically since 1938. It is often incorrectly called the Charleston Slave Market Museum, the Slave Mart Museum Charleston or the Old Slave Market Museum.. Thomas Ryan owned Ryan’s Mart which later became the Old Slave Mart. It is located between Chalmers and Queen Streets.

Greenville

Greenville Cultural Exchange

The Greenville Cultural Exchange Center is a multicultural museum founded in 1987 by Ruth Ann Butler. The Center provides a haven of historical reflection, research and education.

Myrtle Beach

HISTORIC MYRTLE BEACH COLORED SCHOOL MUSEUM & EDUCATION CENTER

The Myrtle Beach Colored School served African-American students in the Myrtle Beach area for more than 20 years. Now, a new Historic Myrtle Beach Colored School Museum and Education Centerprovides a window to the past, as well as a door to the future for all.

Walterboro

Slave Relic Museum

This museum, also known to be the historic slaves’ relics’ museum, has the history of how slave trade started and ended in Badagry, Nigeria. Badagry was found in 1425 and the slave trade started 15 centuries ago and lasted for 40 years before it was then abolished in Badagry.


SOUTH DAKOTA

Sioux Falls

South Dakota African American History Museum

The African American History Museum at the Washington Pavilion recognizes the struggles, contributions and great leadership of the African American community in South Dakota. 


TENNESSEE

Brownsville

Dunbar Carver Museum

The Dunbar Carver Alumni Museum and Cultural Center is the only museum of its kind in West Tennessee. The museum is committed to telling the story of African Americans as actors, creators, and planners versus reactors to their environment.

Tina Turner Museum and Flagg Grove School

This once one-room schoolhouse attended by a young Anna Mae Bullock (aka Tina Turner) is now home to a collection of the Queen of Rock's memorabilia including costumes and gold records. 

Henning

Alex Haley Museum and Interpretive Center

Alex Haley House and Museum State Historic Site is one of the Tennessee Historical Commission's state-owned historic sites and is located in Henning, Tennessee, United States.

Nashville

National Museum of African American Music

The National Museum of African American Music is a museum scheduled to open in Nashville, Tennessee in 2019. It is expected to showcase musical genres inspired, created, or influenced by African-Americans.

Chattanooga

Chattanooga African American Museum

The Chattanooga African American Heritage Museum has a long history of service and commitment to Chattanooga, Tennessee. More than twenty-five years ago, a group of visionary leaders held the first meeting of the African American Heritage Council at the Central City Complex

Bessie Smith Cultural Center.

The Bessie Smith Cultural Center has become a recognized educational institution. Its facilities are utilized daily by school children, adults, scholars, and visitors from all over the world. The community has helped the BSCC establish itself in Tennessee and the Chattanooga area as a beacon for community involvement and cultural awareness

Clinton

Green McAdoo Cultural Center

The Green McAdoo School in Clinton, Tennessee, was the community's segregated elementary school for African American children until 1965.

Franklin

Mclemore House Museum

The McLemore House is a property in Franklin, Tennessee that was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1999. It is also known as the Harvey McLemore House, as it was the home of former slave Harvey McLemore, who became a successful farmer. 

Knoxville

Beck Cultural Exchange Center

Beck Cultural Exchange Center. Beck is an old house with modern additions on the back. It houses an extensive archive of local black history. In the house are fantastic photos of the desegregation struggle and other memorabilia. 

Memphis

National Civil Rights Museum

The National Civil Rights Museum is a complex of museums and historic buildings in Memphis, Tennessee; its exhibits trace the history of the Civil Rights Movement in the United States from the 17th century to the present. 

Slave Haven Underground Railroad Museum

Visitors can tour the tunnels used by runaway slaves who stopped at this plantation, one of the stations of the Underground Railroad.

Stax Museum of American Soul Music

The Stax Museum of American Soul Music is a museum located in Memphis, Tennessee, at 926 East McLemore Avenue, the former location of Stax Records. It is operated by Soulsville USA, which also operates the adjacent Stax Music Academy.

Withers Collection Museum and Gallery

The Withers Collection Museum and Gallery houses and displays the collection of photographs taken by Ernest C. Withers, a prolific photojournalist who captured Memphis history for over 60 years

TEXAS

Dallas

African American Museum Dallas

This museum houses documents and art relating to the African American experience. The museum's permanent displays include African artifacts, folk art, furniture and decorative pieces. 

Denton

African American Museum in the Historic Quakertown House

Denton County African American Museum was once part of an African American neighborhood known as Quakertown, a small community located close to the central business district of Denton. Quakertown, named in honor of the abolitionist Quakers who helped slaves traveling the Underground Railroad

Lubbock

Caviel Museum of African American History

Alfred and Billie Caviel were the first African-American husband and wife in the United States to own and operate their own pharmacy, in the eastside “Flats” neighborhood of Lubbock, Texas.

Houston

Buffalo Soldiers National Museum

The Buffalo Soldiers National Museum preserves and promotes the history and traditions of African Americans who served in the U.S. armed forces, including the Buffalo Soldiers.

The Houston Museum of African American Culture

The mission of HMAAC is to collect, conserve, explore, interpret, and exhibit the material and intellectual culture of Africans and African Americans in Houston, the state of Texas, the southwest and the African Diaspora for current and future generations.

Austin

George Washington Carver Museum

The George Washington Carver Museum, Cultural and Genealogy Center is dedicated to the collection, preservation, research, interpretation and exhibition of historical and cultural materials reflecting all dimensions of experiences of persons of African descent living in Austin, Travis County, and in the United States


UTAH

Utah African American History Museum (coming soon)






VERMONT

Ferrisburgh

Rokeby Museum

A major exhibit — Free & Safe: The Underground Railroad in Vermont — brings the Underground Railroad vividly to life. Focused on Simon and Jesse, two fugitives from slavery who found shelter here in the 1830s, the exhibit traces their stories from slavery to freedom, introduces the abolitionist Robinson family who called Rokeby home, and explores the turbulent decades leading up to the Civil War. 


VIRGINIA

Alexandria

Alexandria Black History Museum

The mission of the Black History Museum is to enrich the lives of Alexandria's residents and visitors, to foster tolerance and understanding among all cultures and to stimulate appreciation of the diversity of the African American experience.

Arlington

Black Heritage Museum

The Black Heritage Museum of Arlington is organized exclusively for charitable, religious, educational, and scientific purposes, to acquire, preserve, catalogue and display historic items relevant to the black history of Arlington County and Northern Virginia; to develop and establish in Arlington County an institution dedicated to the exposition of African American experiences, leading to, and proceeding from the abolition of slavery in the United States.

Richmond

Black History Museum & Cultural Center

Black History Museum & Cultural Center of Virginia preserves and honors Virginia’s African American history and culture.

Lynchburg

Legacy Museum-African American

The Legacy Museum of African American History displays exhibits on African American heritage. We are dedicated to collecting, preserving and storing historical artifacts, documents and memorabilia relating to significant contributions of the African American Community in Lynchburg and environs.

The Plains

Afro-American Historical Association Of Fauquier County

AAHA is an organization designed for the purpose of teaching a complete and accurate history of the United States by including the influences of African Americans, Native Americans of both North and South America, and European Americans. 

Roanoke

Harrison Museum Of African-American Culture

Harrison Museum of African American Culture (HMAAC). We are an educational and cultural institution committed to promoting, showcasing, and celebrating the art and history of African Americans for Roanoke Valley citizens and visitors.



WASHINGTON

Seattle

Northwest African American Museum

Celebrate black history, art, and culture at NAAM. Enjoy our new exhibitions, special events, and learn more about YOURSELF in our genealogy center! Discover fun facts about the history of African Americans in the Pacific Northwest.

The James and Jane Washington Cultural Center

James and Janie Washington established a home and studio in a craftsman bungalow in Seattle’s Central District at 1816 26th Avenue. The City of Seattle designated the home as an historic landmark in 1992. 

Black Diamond

Black Diamond Historical Society

The mission of the Black Diamond Historical Society shall be the discovery, preservation, and dissemination of the history of Black Diamond and environs, as it relates to King County and the State of Washington.


Washington D.C

African American Civil War Memorial & Museum

The mission of the African American Civil War Museum is to correct a great wrong in history that largely ignored the enormous contributions of the 209,145 members of the United States Colored Troops. It tells the stories and preserves for posterity the historic roles these brave men of African, European, and Hispanic descent played in ending slavery and keeping America united under one flag.

National Museum of African American History and Culture

The National Museum of African American History and Culture is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. It was established by Act of Congress in 2003, following decades of efforts to promote and highlight the contributions of African Americans. To date, the Museum has collected more than 36,000 artifacts and nearly 100,000 individuals have become members. 


West Virginia

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WISCONSIN

Milwaukee

Wisconsin Black Historical Society

The mission of the Wisconsin Black Historical Society/Museum is to document and preserve the historical heritage of African descent in Wisconsin. The Museum exhibits, collects and disseminates materials depicting this heritage

Wisconsin Black Historical Society and Museum

ABHM builds public awareness of the harmful legacies of slavery in America and promotes racial repair, reconciliation, and healing.

WYOMING

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