African American Museums
Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Detroit. Knight Foundation Flickr
The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, known as The Wright, has a collection of more than 35,000 documents and artifacts relating to African American Culture. Founded by Dr. Charles Wright, an obstetrician and gynecologist, the museum began as the "International Afro-American Museum" in 1965, displaying items ranging from traditional African masks from Ghana and Nigeria, to the inventions of Elijah McCoy. An IAM "travelling museum" toured the state in a a converted mobile home in 1966. The IAM became the Museum of African American History in 1985. Having outgrown its first two buildings, the museum's third home opened in 1997 and a year later was renamed the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. In addition to its core exhibition And Still We Rise: Our Journey Through African American History and Culture, the museum hosts a number of ongoing and temporary exhibits on a variety of subjects ranging from art, to science, to politics.