MBHM – The National Museum of African American History and Culture

Making Black History Moments (MBHM) – On September 24, 2016, the Smithsonian welcomed into its family the National Museum of African American History and Culture. To date, the Museum has collected more than 36,000 artifacts and nearly 100,000 individuals have become members.

Our nation took a large step onto the path of healing when the doors of this museum opened in 2016. It is important that we Americans face all that we are if we are to move forward together. While I have yet to make my first visit, I have had the honor of visiting a number of African American heritage sites across the nation. There are far more than I bet many would imagine and chances are there is one near you.

I’ll get you a head start by sharing a list I compiled a few years ago of nearly 200 sites. Take it, use it, learn the full history of our nation because we are all made from it whether we like it all or not.


African American Heritage Sites (USA)

•Alabama State Black Archives Research Center and Museum Huntsville AL http://alabama.travel/places-to-go/state-black-archives-research-center-and-museum
•Birmingham Civil Rights Institute Birmingham AL bcri.org
•Freedom Rides Museum Montgomery AL http://ahc.alabama.gov/properties/freedomrides/freedomrides.aspx
•Rosa Parks Museum Montgomery AL http://www.troy.edu/rosaparks/index.html
•Tuskegee Institute National Historic Site Tuskegee AL https://www.nps.gov/tuin/index.htm
•Delta Cultural Center Helena AR http://www.deltaculturalcenter.com
•Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site Little Rock AR https://www.nps.gov/chsc/index.htm
•Mosaic Templars Cultural Center Little Rock AR http://www.mosaictemplarscenter.com
•African American Multicultural Museum Scottsdale AZ http://www.aammuseum.org
•America’s Buffalo Soldiers Re-Enactors Association Scottsdale AZ http://www.thebuffalosoldiers.com
•African American Firefighter Museum Los Angeles CA https://www.aaffmuseum.org
•African American Museum Fresno CA aahcmsjv.org
•African American Museum Library at Oakland Oakland CA oaklandlibrary.org
•California African American Museum Los Angeles CA caamuseum.org
•Dora Nelson African American Art & History Museum Riverside CA http://raahsinc.org/?venue=dora-nelson-aaahm
•Sojourner Truth African Heritage Museum Sacremento CA http://www.sojoartsmuseum.org
•The African American Historical & Cultural Museum of the San Joaquin Valley Fresno CA http://www.aahcmsjv.org
•The African American Museum of Beginnings Pomona CA taamb.org
•Valencia Park/Malcolm X Branch Library & Performing Arts Center San Diego CA https://www.sandiego.gov/public-library/locations/branches/mxbranch
•Black American West Museum Denver CO https://www.bawmandhc.org
•African American Civil War Museum Washington DC afroamcivilwar.org
•Anacostia Museum Washington DC https://web.archive.org/web/20130704150007/http://anacostia.si.edu//
•Frederick Douglass National Historic Site Washington DC https://www.nps.gov/frdo/index.htm
•National Museum of African American History and Culture Washington DC nmaahc.si.edu
•The Black Studies Center Washington DC https://www.dclibrary.org/blkren
•A. Quinn Jones Home Gainesville FL http://www.aqjmuseum.org
•Accord Civil Rights Museum St. Augustine FL http://www.accordfreedomtrail.org
•African American Cultural Society, Inc. Palm Coast FL https://www.facebook.com/AACSPalmCoast/
•African American Heritage Society East Pasco Lacoochee FL http://www.aahsepc.org
•African American Heritage Society Kate Coulson House – Historic Pensacola Village Pensacola FL http://www.aahspensacola.org
•African American Museum of the Arts DeLand FL https://www.africanmuseumdeland.org
•Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, Inc. – Tampa Florida Chapter Wesley Chapel FL http://www.aahgs.org
•American Beach Museum Amelia Island FL http://www.americanbeachmuseum.org
•ASH Gallery Tallahassee FL https://www.facebook.com/Ash-Gallery-160785120629416/
•Bealsville Historic Glover School Campus Plant City FL http://www.bealsville.com
•Bethune-Cookman University/Bethune Foundation Daytona Beach FL http://www.cookman.edu/foundation/
•Broward County African American Research Library & Cultural Center Ft. Lauderdale FL http://www.broward.org/Library/LocationsHours/Branches/Pages/AA.aspx
•Carrie Meek-James N. Eaton, Sr. Southeastern Regional Black Archives Research Center and Museum Tallahassee FL http://www.famu.edu/l
•Clara White Mission/Eartha White Museum Jacksonville FL http://www.clarawhitemission.org/Home.aspx
•Cotton Club Museum and Cultural Center Gainesville FL http://www.cottonclubmuseum.com
•Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens Jacksonville FL http://www.cummermuseum.org/visit/art/exhibition/lift-contemporary-responses-jacksonville-african-american-heritage
•Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum St. Petersburg FL http://www.woodsonmuseum.org
•Durkeeville Historical Society Museum Jacksonville FL http://www.durkeevillehistoricalsociety.com
•Edward Waters College Jacksonville FL http://www.ewc.edu
•Family Heritage House Museum Brandenton FL http://www.familyheritagehousemuseum.com
•Florida Memorial University Miami Gardens FL http://www.fmuniv.edu
•Goldsboro Historical Museum Sanford FL http://www.goldsboromuseum.com
•Haitian Heritage Museum Miami FL http://www.haitianheritagemuseum.org
•Harry T. & Harriette V. Moore Memorial Park & Museum Mims FL http://www.harryharriettemoore.org
•Historic Jenkins House West Palm Beach FL http://www.artistshowcase.org
•Historic L.B. Brown House Museum Bartow FL http://www.lbbrown.com
•Historic Virginia Key Beach Park – African Burial Ground Higgs Beach Miami FL http://www.virginiakeybeachpark.net
•James Weldon Johnson Branch of ASALH Jacksonville FL https://nmaahc.si.edu
•John Gilmore Riley Center Museum Tallahassee FL http://www.rileymuseum.org/site/
•Johnnie Ruth Clark Health Center St. Petersburg FL
•Kingsley Plantation Jacksonville FL http://www.nps.gov/timu/historyculture/kp_visiting.htm
•Knott House Museum Tallahassee FL http://www.museumoffloridahistory.com/about/sites/
•Lee County Black History Society Fort Myers FL http://www.leecountyblackhistorysociety.org
•Lincolnville Museum and Culture Center St. Augustine FL http://www.lincolnvillemuseum.org
•Luster All African American Heritage Museum Bartow FL
•Manhattan Casino Historic Building St. Petersburg FL http://www.themanhattancasino.com
•Mary McLeod Bethune House Museum – Bethune-Cookman University Daytona Beach FL http://www.nps.gov/mamc/index.htm
•Mary S. Harrell Black Heritage Museum New Smyrna Beach FL http://www.blackheritagemuseum.org
•Moseley House Museum Eatonville FL http://faahpn.com/moseley-house/
•Old Dillard Museum Ft. Lauderdale FL http://www.broward.k12.fl.us/olddillardmuseum
•Pinellas County African American History Museum Clearwater FL
•Pinellas County African American History Museum and Resource Center Clearwater FL http://faahpn.com/pinellas-county-african-american-history-museum/
•Pioneer Florida Museum Dade City FL http://pioneerfloridamuseum.org
•Plant City Bing Rooming House African American Museum Plant City FL http://www.plantcitybinghouse.com
•Renaissance Park Living Heritage Museum Marianna FL
•Rhoda L. Martin Cultural Heritage Museum Jacksonville FL rlmchc.comcastbiz.net
•Ritz Theatre and Museum Jacksonville FL http://www.ritzjacksonville.com
•Robert W. Saunders Library Foundation, Inc. and Tampa Bay History Tours Tampa FL http://www.rwsaunders.org
•Royal Theater St. Petersburg FL legacy.soulofamerica.com/tampa-st-petersburg-cultural-sites.phtml
•Spady Cultural Heritage Museum Delray Beach FL http://www.spadymuseum.com
•Tallahassee Museum/History & Natural Sciences Tallahassee FL http://www.tallahasseemuseum.org/explore-the-museum/museum-exhibits/old-florida/
•The Black Archives History & Research Foundation of South Florida Miami FL http://www.theblackarchives.org
•The Blanchard House Museum Punta Gorda FL http://www.blanchardhousemuseum.org
•Union Bank Building Tallahassee FL
•Wells’ Built Museum of African American History & Culture Orlando FL http://www.wellsbuiltmuseumofafricanamericanhistoryandculture.org
•Williams Academy Black History Museum Fort Myers FL http://www.leecountyblackhistorysociety.org
•Zora Neale Hurston Festival – The Association to Preserve the Eatonville Community, Inc. (P.E.C.) Eatonville FL http://www.zoranealehurstonmuseum.com/index.html
•Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History Atlanta GA http://www.afpls.org/aarl
•Caribbean American Cultural Arts Foundation Atlanta GA http://camsawards.com
•Center for Civil and Human Rights Atlanta GA civilandhumanrights.org
•Center for the Study of African and African Diaspora Museums and Communities (CFSAADMC) Stone Mountain GA http://www.facebook.com/pages/Cfsaadmc/207347305976543
•Columbus Black History Museum Columbus GA http://columbusblackmus.wixsite.com/cbhm
•Dorchester Academy and Museum Midway GA http://www.exploregeorgia.org/listing/1456-historic-dorchester-academy-museum
•Jack Hadley Black History Museum Thomasville GA jackhadleyblackhistorymuseum.com
•The King Center Atlanta GA http://www.thekingcenter.org
•Tubman Museum of African American Art, History and Culture Macon GA http://www.tubmanmuseum.com
•African American Museum of Iowa Cedar Rapids IA blackiowa.org
•Grinnell College Conney M. Kimbo Black Cultural Center Grinnell IA https://www.grinnell.edu/about/offices-services/student-affairs/intercultural/bcc
•Iowa State University George A. Jackson Black Cultural Center Ames IA http://www.multicultural.dso.iastate.edu/centers/bcc
•Idaho Black History Museum Boise ID ibhm.org
•A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum Chicago IL
•African American History Museum Springfield IL spiaahm.org
•DuSable Museum of African American History Chicago IL dusablemuseum.org
•Ethnic Heritage Museum’s African American Gallery Rockford IL http://ethnicheritagemuseum.org
•Out of Africa Heritage Arts Center Springfield IL https://www.outofafricaheritage.com
•Springfield and Central Illinois African American History Museum Springfield IL https://spiaahm.org
•African/African American Historical Society Museum Fort Wayne IN https://www.facebook.com/OfficiallyAAAHSM?rf=109589599078380
•Evansville African American Museum Evansville IN https://evansvilleaamuseum.wordpress.com
•Indiana University-Bloomington Neal Marshall Black Culture Center Bloomington IN http://nmbcc.indiana.edu
•Purdue University Black Cultural Center West Lafayette IN http://www.purdue.edu/bcc/
•Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site Topeka KS https://www.nps.gov/brvb/index.htm
•Kansas African American Museum Witchita KS tkaamuseum.org
•Berea College Black Cultural Center Berea KY https://www.berea.edu/bcc/
•Kentucky Center for African American Heritage Louisville KY http://www.kcaah.org
•Baton Rouge African American Museum Baton Rouge LA http://www.atchafalaya.org/fieldtrips.php?action=show_details&trip_id=28
•Bontemps African American Museum Alexandria LA http://arnaudwbontemps.wixsite.com/arnabontempsmuseum/cultural_arts_center
•Creole Heritage Folk Life Center Opelousas LA http://www.louisianatravel.com/la-historic-districts-sites/creole-heritage-folklife-center
•Finding Our Roots African American Museum Houma LA http://www.houmatoday.com/photogallery/DA/20170204/NEWS/204009985/PH/1
•River Road African American Museum Donaldsonville LA africanamericanmuseum.org
•Harriet Tubman Museum & Educational Center Cambridge MA http://visitdorchester.org/harriet-tubman-museum-educational-center/


•Museum of African American History-Boston Campus Boston MA maah.org
•Museum of African American History-Nantucket Campus Nantucket MA maah.org
•”Arthur “”Smokestack”” Hardy Fire Museum” Baltimore MD http://www.rachelhennick.com/arthur-smokestack-hardy-fire-museum/
•B&O Railroad Museum Baltimore MD http://www.borail.org
•Banneker-Douglass Museum Annapolis MD http://bdmuseum.maryland.gov
•Frederick Douglass- Isaac Myers Maritime Park Baltimore MD https://livingclassrooms.org/ourp_fdimmp.php


•Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center Church Creek MD http://harriettubmanbyway.org/harriet-tubman/

•Prince Georges African American Museum and Cultural Center Brentwood MD pgaamcc.org •Reginald F. Lewis Museum Baltimore MD lewismuseum.org

•The David C. Driskell Center for the Study of the Visual Arts and Culture of African Americans and the African Diaspora College Park MD driskellcenter.umd.edu

•The National Great Blacks in Wax Museum Baltimore MD greatblacksinwax.org

Black History 101 Mobile Museum Detroit MI https://www.blackhistory101mobilemuseum.com •Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History Detroit MI thewright.org

•George Washington Carver National Monument Diamond MO https://www.nps.gov/gwca/index.htm

•Griot Museum of Black History St. Louis MO thegriotmuseum.com

•National Blues Museum St. Louis MO http://jazzmuseuminharlem.org

•Negro Leagues Baseball Museum Kansas City MO nlbm.com

•University of Missouri Gaines/Oldham Black Culture Center Columbia MO https://gobcc.missouri.edu

•Delta Blues Museum Clarksdale MS http://www.deltabluesmuseum.org

•Tougaloo College Archives and Special Collections Tougaloo MS https://www.tougaloo.edu/library/archives-special-collections

•University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History Chapel Hill NC http://stonecenter.unc.edu

•Great Plains Black History Museum Omaha NE gpblackmuseum.org

•Newark Museum Newark NJ http://www.newarkmuseum.org/mission

•African American Museum Hempstead NY theaamuseum.org

•National Jazz Museum Harlem NY http://jazzmuseuminharlem.org

•Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Black Cultural Center Troy NY http://www.lib.rpi.edu/Archives/buildings/black_house.html

•The Malcolm X & Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center New York NY http://www.theshabazzcenter.org/

•African American Museum in Cleveland Cleveland OH http://aamcleveland.wixsite.com/aamc

•Baldwin Wallace University Black Cultural Center Berea OH https://www.bw.edu/student-life/services/multicultural/

•The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center Cincinnati OH http://www.freedomcenter.org

•The Ohio State University Dr. Frank W. Hale, Jr. Black Cultural Center Columbus OH https://odi.osu.edu/hale-black-cultural-center/hbcc-events/

•University of Mount Union Black Cultural Center Alliance OH http://www.mountunion.edu/black-cultural-center

•Greenwood Cultural Center Tulsa OK http://www.greenwoodculturalcenter.com

•Oregon State University Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center Corvallis OR http://dce.oregonstate.edu/bcc

•University of Oregon Black Cultural Center Eugene OR https://around.uoregon.edu/content/black-cultural-center-launched-key-gift-petrone-family

•August Wilson Center for African American Culture Pittsburg PA https://culturaldistrict.org/pages/awc

•Franklin & Marshall College Black Cultural Center Lancaster PA https://www.fandm.edu/map/black-cultural-center

•Lafayette College Portlock Black Cultural Center Easton PA https://directory.lafayette.edu/node/204

•Swathmore College Black Cultural Center Swathmore PA http://www.swarthmore.edu/black-cultural-center

The African American Museum in Philadelphia Philadelphia PA aampmuseum.org

University of Pennsylvania Makuu Black Cultural Center Philadelphia PA http://www.vpul.upenn.edu/makuu/

•Bertha Lee Strickland Cultural Museum Seneca SC https://www.blscm.org

•Clemson Area African American Museum Clemson SC http://www.ca-aam.org International

•African American Museum Charleston SC iaamuseum.org

•Austin Peay State University Wilbur N. Daniel African American Cultural Center Clarksville TN http://www.apsu.edu/aacc/

•National Civil Rights Museum Memphis TN civilrightsmuseum.org

University of Tennessee-Knoxville Frieson Black Cultural Center Knoxville TN http://multicultural.utk.edu/fbcc/friesonbcc/

•Vanderbilt University Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center Nashville TN https://www.vanderbilt.edu/bcc/

•African American Museum of Dallas Dallas TX aamdallas.org

•Buffalo Soldiers National Museum Houston TX http://www.buffalosoldiermuseum.com

•George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center Austin TX http://www.austintexas.gov/department/george-washington-carver-museum-and-cultural-center

•Houston Museum of African American Culture Houston TX hmaac.org

•The Caviel Museum of African American History Lubbock TX https://www.rootshistoricalartscouncil.com/projects

•Alexandria Black History Museum Alexandria VA alexandriava.gov Anne Spencer House and Garden Museum Lynchburg VA http://annespencermuseum.com

•Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia Richmond VA blackhistorymuseum.org

•Pocahontas Island Black History Museum Petersburg VA pocahontasislandmuseum.com

•University of Virginia Luther Porter Jackson Black Cultural Center Charlottesville VA https://oaaa.virginia.edu/luther-porter-jackson-black-cultural-center

•Virginia Tech University Black Cultural Center Blacksburg VA http://ccc.vt.edu/advocacy/Cultural_Community_Centers/bcc.html

•Northwest African American Museum Seattle WA naamnw.org

•America’s Black Holocaust Museum Milwaukee WI http://abhmuseum.org

•The Harlem Renaissance Museum Madison WI https://www.facebook.com/Harlem-Renaissance-Museum-542282099224177/

•University of Wisconsin-Madison Black Cultural Center Madison WI https://msc.wisc.edu/black-cultural-center/

•University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Black Cultural Center Milwaukee WI http://uwm.edu/bcc/

•Wisconsin Black Historical Society/Museum Milwaukee WI wbhsm.org

•African Diaspora Concerns Foundation, Inc. (ADCFI) Crispus Attucks Museum (Online) http://www.crispusattucksmuseum.org

•George Washington Carver Museum Phoenix AZ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carver_High_School(Phoenix,_Arizona)

•Harvey B. Gantt Center Charlotte NC https://www.ganttcenter.org


•International Civil Rights Center and Museum Greensboro NC https://www.sitinmovement.org

•Isaac Scott Hathaway Museum at Lexington History Center Lexington KY https://anthropology.as.uky.edu/hathaway-family-and-isaac-scott-hathaway

•John E. Rogers African American Cultural Center Hartford CT https://hartfordheritagetrail.org/heritage-trail/other-places-of-interest/john-e-rogers-african-american-cultural-center/

•L.E. Coleman African-American Museum Halifax County VA http://www.oldhalifax.com/county/ColemanMuseum/
•LaVilla Museum Jacksonville FL https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LaVilla_Museum
•Legacy Museum of African American History Lynchburg VA http://legacymuseum.org
•Mayme A. Clayton Library and Museum Culver City CA http://www.claytonmuseum.org
•Mississippi Civil Rights Museum Jackson MS https://mcrm.mdah.ms.gov
•Muhammad Ali Center Louisville KY https://alicenter.org

•Museum of the African Diaspora San Francisco CA http://www.moadsf.org
•Natchez Museum of African American History and Culture Natchez MS http://mississippimuseums.org/natchez-museum-african-american-history-culture/
•National African American Archives and Museum Mobile AL http://alabama.travel/places-to-go/african-american-archive-and-museum-of-mobile


Marta C. Youngblood is the founder and creative engine behind TheWRITEaddiction creatives co-op founded in 2014 as a virtual community supporting writers from all over the United States of America. Marta’s passion drives her to support the success of creatives from all walks of life to honor their talent and share it with the world. She believes that working in our creative callings does not have to be synonymous with being a “starving artist” and helps creatives master the business skills and strategies they need to work in their gifts.

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