Dr. Charles Wright, a practicing physician, after visiting a Danish World War heroes memorial in Denmark, was inspired to create an institution to preserve African-American history. By 1965, Dr. Charles H. Wright opened the International Afro-American Museum in a house he owned.
The Charles H. Wright Museum is home to over 35,000 artifacts tied to the rich African American history. Exhibits include the Blanche Coggin Underground Railroad Collection, Harriet Tubman Museum Collection, Coleman A. Young Collection, and the Sheffield Collection, which is a repository of documents of the labor movement in Detroit.
The museum also offers an interactive exhibit called And Still We Rise: Our Journey through African American History and Culture, which houses seven exhibition areas dedicated to the lives of African Americans, as well as the Louise Lovett Wright Research Library.
Visitors can also marvel at the General Motors Theater, a 317-seat facility for film, live performances, lectures, and presentations. A Located in the Ford Freedom Rotunda Floor, is a tile creation by artist Hubert Massey called "Genealogy." In the museum store, you'll find a variety of authentic African history art and books, as well as other merchandise. The complementary, three-day African World Festival is hosted by the museum and celebrates the culture of the African dissolution.
The Wright offers a variety of exhibitions year-round, some permanent, including "And Still We Rise: Our Journey Through African American History and Culture", a 22,000 square-foot exhibition space contains more than 20 galleries beginning in Africa and moving to the civilizations which later evolved on the continent.
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