Dusable Museum of African American History

740 E 56th Pl Chicago

Ethnic Museums of Chicago/Dusable Museum of African American History
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DuSable Museum of African American Art and Culture

Journey to Hyde Park in the South Side of Chicago to visit a museum named for Jean Baptiste Point DuSable, a Haitian of African and French descent who established a trading post and permanent settlement in 1779 that would eventually become known as Chicago. The DuSable Museum was founded in 1961 and is currently an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution.

The DuSable’s collection includes 15,000 pieces, including African American artworks and historical artifacts. One of the permanent exhibits of the DuSable museum is dedicated and based on the life and work of Harold Washington, the first African-American mayor of the city of Chicago. Washington had a long history of serving the populations of Illinois from State Senate and Assembly to serving as a U.S. Representative for Illinois from 1981-1983. He became the Mayor of Chicago in 1983.

Other prominent objects within the museum include the violin owned by the Paul Laurence Dunbar and the desk of Ida B. Wells. Paul Laurence Dunbar was a noted playwright and poet while Ida B. Wells was a great journalist.

Check out these and other prominent objects on our site.

Ethnic Museums of Chicago

Dusable Museum of African American History

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