DuSable Museum of African American History, Chicago

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  • What better way to spend MLK Day than to learn about African-American history!! The museum was all abuzz this January, in spite of the snow flurries. There were many events, exhibits and performances ...  more »
  • We chose this place as our last 'attraction' to visit on the last day of our week in Chicago. The museum is of historical significance (perhaps even more so in the current political climate?), and the...  more »
  • I went here when visiting a friend who is a University of Chicago student. It was a 20-minute walk from the university, and well worth the visit. I went on a free day, but I was so impressed, I donate...  more »
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  • The museum is currently under renovation (as of 3/16/2018) but I still got to see the exhibits that are open. "Paper Gowns and Photography" was beautiful and the photos were thought provoking. "Freedom, Resistance, and the Journey to Equality" had historical artifacts on display and audio-visual historical clips that you can watch. One of the security guards, Mr. Hill, was present throughout the museum welcoming visitors and answering questions. I even got to speak to him about the racial challenges that other social groups have faced apart from African Americans. Go upstairs and watch Harold Washington. It's a life-like robotic representation of Harold Washington with moving arms and blinking eyes!
  • The exhibits are packs with valuable information. And they instill within the docents a high degree of integrity and knowledge. Ask for docent led tour of the museum. You will never forget it!
  • My family and I have visited this museum the last two times that we were in Chi-Town. There is really no place like it. Every exhibition, artifact and painting tells a story of our past. The staff are welcoming and knowledgeable. And they have the BEST gift shop, ever. So many cultural goodies in there.
  • As a Haitian American this exhibit also pertains to me and other Afro-Caribbeans. Over the years I got use to Africans, Afro-Caribbeans, and Afro-Latinos not being mentioned during black history month. This was different, to actually have a museum after a Haitian man, label it an African American Museum which is absolutely fine, and have no exhibit about him or Haiti is absolutely wrong. Also absolutely no mention that Stokely Carmichael is from Trinidad, the leader of the Black Panther Party. Blacks contributed so much to this nation and this museum does a major disservice to that. In my opinion this museum should change into a pan-african museum which would talk about the history and accomplishments within the African Diaspora. After Marvels Black Panther was released smashing record after record. Their was a sense of pride amongst blacks globally, a Pan African museum can capitalize from that and it would set itself apart from other African American museums.
  • A small museum with a great collection of African American artwork and historical artifacts. Free Day on Tuesday. Excellent community programs.
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