Wright Museum of African American History

Wright Museum of African American History

Charles Wright Museum of African American History, Detroit

Wright Museum of African American History

ADMISSION: Adults $8, age 62+ and age 2-12 $5
DAYS & HOURS: Tue-Thu 9:30a-3p, Fri-Sat 9:30a-5p, Sun 1p-5p
ADDRESS: 315 East Warren Avenue, Detroit, MI
PHONE: 313-494-5800
WEBSITE: http://www.thewright.org

Wright Museum of African American History

Founded in 1962 by Dr. Charles Wright, it began in two houses on West Grand Blvd. Dr. Wright was present during its move to this $38 million complex designed by African American architects Sims-Varner. When one enters through the brass doors of the 120,000 square feet museum, your eyes are drawn from the Canadian Arriscraft stone floor along the Kansas Terra-cotta stone walls then 55 feet upwards to the rotunda dome. Whisk off to the gallery that evokes a visceral response with its Middle Passage Tight Pack exhibit, which is a commemoration to those who were abducted from Africa. “Tight Pack” refers to how enslaved people were packed tightly together and shackled as human cargo. FYI: 40 local students were selected as models for Tight Pack. The Wright Museum chronicles African American history beginning in Africa, through the Black Holocaust and Civil Rights Movement. Many artifacts illustrate accomplishments and inventions by African American. Louis Lattimer Café provides a pleasant place to sip java and enjoy a pastry.

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