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Black people have always been builders. From the pyramids of Egypt to churches across the country to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) across the South, the legacy of its people can be told in its buildings.
And on today’s show, we feature one of African America’s finest: The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History...the largest of its kind in the world.
(Visit online at www.thewright.org)
One Black physician’s vision that started with a trip to Denmark was later transported back to Detroit to ultimately become a major institution for all. The museum is a source of pride of me as a native Detroiter, who knows the legacy of Dr. Wright and personally knows Harold Varner, whose architectural firm was responsible for the design of this impressive structure.
Today we’ll talk with The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History’s Director of Archives and Libraries, LeNesha DeBardelaben. She will talk about the packed agenda the museum is offering during Black History Month and countless other events and exhibits taking place for the rest of the year.
Listen, reflect and give homage to visionary Dr. Wright and so many others who have contributed to our Black History Trail. Black History IS American History!
About the Museum:
The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History is the world's largest institution dedicated to the African American experience. The museum provides learning opportunities, exhibitions, programs and events based on collections and research that explore the diverse history and culture of African Americans and their African origins. Housing over 30,000 artifacts and archival materials and home to the Blanche Coggin Underground Railroad Collection, Harriet Tubman Museum Collection, Coleman A. Young Collection and the Sheffield Collection, a repository of documents of the labor movement in Detroit, the museum also features:
• 125,000 square feet and seven exhibition areas devoted to African Americans and their stories.
• And Still We Rise: Our Journey Through African American History and Culture, the museum's 22,000 square foot, interactive core exhibit.
• The Ford Freedom Rotunda and its 100 feet in diameter by 65 feet high glass dome; this architectural wonder is two feet wider than the State Capitol dome.
• Ring of Genealogy, a 37 foot terrazzo tile creation by artist Hubert Massey surrounded by bronze nameplates of prominent African Americans in history.
• 92 flags displayed alphabetically by country and origin; these nations are places where significant numbers of African descendants reside.
• The Louise Lovett Wright Library and Robert L. Hurst Research Center.
• The General Motors Theater, a 317-seat facility for live performances, film screenings, lectures, presentations and more.
• A Museum Store that sells authentic African and African American art, books and merchandise.
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