It is undeniable that the foundation of the United States was built on the backs of melanin people. The contributions of Black people is the thread that weaves the cloth of this country, and that part of American history should not be denied nor overlooked. Although February is the designated month to recognize the awesomeness that is Black people, we should be traveling to the below places all year round. Hence why this article, focusing on Black History Museums and Sites, is coming at you at the end of Black History Month. Get traveling!
Dexter Ave. Baptist Church: The church where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. pastored.
Dexter Parsonage Museum: The King family lived in this home, now museum, from 1954-1960.
Civil Rights Memorial Center: A museum dedicated to those who died in the fight for civil rights.
Rosa Parks Library & Museum: In honor of the late Rosa Parks and her stance for civil rights.
Freedom Rides Museum: The Greyhound bus station where freedom rides came and went.
National Voting Rights Museum and Institute: Dedicated to the fight for voting rights and human dignity.
Edmund Winston Pettus Bridge: The site of the “Bloody Sunday” march for voting rights. Also known for the march from Selma to Montgomery.
San Francisco Museum African Diaspora: Displays art and stories of common African heritage with visitors around the world.
National Museum of African American History and Culture: This Smithsonian Institution opened its doors in September 2016 in hopes that visitors learn American history through the African-American experience.
National Center for Civil and Human Rights: The civil and human struggles in America come to life at this museum.
Wren’s Nest: The home of former author Joel Chandler Harris. He’s famous for his 19th century children’s stories.
Hammond’s House: A museum designed to showcase the creative imagination of artists of African descent.
Historic Auburn Avenue District: East of downtown Atlanta, Auburn Avenue dubbed “Sweet Auburn Avenue” was once the wealthiest area in the city for black people.
APEX Museum: The African American Panoramic Experience Museum takes you from the diaspora, to the struggles of equality, to the more recent accomplishments of blacks in America.
Sweet Auburn Curb Market: Dubbed the “The Curb Market” is full of fresh produce and meats, small shops and eateries.
Big Bethel AME Church: The oldest African-American congregation in Atlanta and the home of the first school for blacks in the city.:Macon:
Tubman African American Museum: The name sake, Harriet Tubman, and the contributions of many African Americans is the reason this institution serves the southeast region.
DuSable Museum African American Museum: For the perseverance and interpretation of experiences and achievements of blacks.
Museum of African American History: Dedicated to the African-American contributions in New England from colonial times to the 19th century.
Boston African American National Historic Site: 15 pre-Civil War structures in the heart of Boston. The Beacon Hill neighborhood was an African American community from the 19th century.
Charles H. Wright African American Museum: Celebrates the history and culture of black people.
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center: Celebrates those freedom stories of the underground railroad.
National Afro-American Museum & Cultural Center: Location of one of the nation’s largest collection of Afro-American artwork, artifacts and manuscripts.:
National Civil Rights Museum: Located at the Lorraine Motel, the exhibits highlight the civil rights movement.