DuSable Museum of African American History


The DuSable Museum of African American History is the first independent museum in the country dedicated to the African American experience. As the museum approaches its 50th anniversary, its vision and ambition is to also be the best. Founded in 1961, a time when racial tensions had reached a crescendo in America, the goal of the Museum was to be a space to promote cultural understanding and harmony, while correcting the apparent institutionalized omission of black history and culture in public education. Renamed in 1968 after Jean Baptiste Pointe DuSable, the Haitian fur trader who was the first permanent settler in Chicago, the Museum now serves as a source of pride and inspiration to local, national and international audiences - presenting programs and exhibitions that address the universal themes of freedom through the lens of the African American experience.


740 E 56th Place
Chicago, IL 60637

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