April 11, 2014

On this day April 11th

DARC Ethiophile Chronicles

On this day

“the world’s largest institution dedicated to the African American experience” was opened. In 1997 on the 11th of April, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History is home to more than 30,000 artifacts and archival materials.

The visionary Dr. Charles Wright was a gynecologist and obstetrician by trade. He was the man behind the museum located in Detroit. In fact originally hime and 30 others founded the International Afro-American Museum on West Grand Blvd in Detroit. Its collection outgrew teh square footage of teh establishment and prompted work for a bigger confine.

In 1978 the City of Detroit agreed to lease the Museum a plot of land between John R and Brush Streets to build a facility five times larger than its predecessor. Essentially, the City of Detroit built a partnership with the Afro-American Museum inititive to build a new facility in the city’s University Cultural Center, this also secured the funding to complete the $3.5 million facility. Thus the name was upgraded to Museum of African American History. However, in 1998 itw as again renamed to affix Charles H. Wright.

The new 28,000-square-foot structure accommodated a range of offerings. Featuring a series of exhibits, lectures, concerts, cultural celebrations, festivals and programs designed especially for children, it preserved the past and strengthened the future.


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