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Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Detroit

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.

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