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Detroit’s Cultural Center Historic District is home to many premiere cultural institutions, but one of its most unique is the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. The Wright is significant in that it is the largest museum specifically about African-American History in the world, with an inventory of over 35,000 objects and 125,000 feet of museum space. The museum was founded in Detroit by its namesake, Charles H. Wright, in 1965, under the name of the International Afro-American Museum. The name changed to the Museum of African American History in 1985 when it moved into a larger space. The institution’s success meant continued growth, and it moved into its current structure in 1997. Permanent exhibits include the Ring of Genealogy, “And Still We Rise'' and a decorative wall displaying Melba Boyd’s poem “This Museum Was Once a Dream”. Public programs and holidays offered by The Wright include a Kwanzaa Celebration, a Juneteenth event and the African World Festival, among many others.
Image citation: “The exterior of the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit, Michigan (United States).” by Michael Barera on Wikimedia is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0.
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