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Current & Upcoming Exhibitions

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And Still We Rise: Our Journey Through African American History and Culture

Ongoing Exhibition

This unique, long-term exhibition serves as the central experience of The Wright Museum. The 22,000 square-foot exhibition space contains more than 20 galleries that allow patrons to travel over time and across geographic boundaries. The journey begins in Africa, the cradle of human life.  Witness several ancient and early modern civilizations that evolved on the continent.  Cross the Atlantic Ocean, experience the tragedy of the middle passage and encounter those... Click here to read more »


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Inspiring Minds: African Americans in Science and Technology

Ongoing Exhibition

This comprehensive, high-tech and permanent exhibition highlights trailblazers, contemporaries and careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.  African Americans have contributed to the scientific and engineering output of the United States since the 17th century, and this history is brought to life through interactive computer kiosks, a touchscreen video wall, and hands-on activities and play areas teaching basic engineering concepts... Click here to read more »


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Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863 and the March on Washington, 1963

May 14 - June 27, 2014

This national traveling exhibition explores the relationship between two great people's movements for equal rights: the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, and the March on Washington in 1963. Both grew out of decades of bold actions, resistance, organization, and vision. One hundred years separate them yet they are linked in the larger story of a struggle for liberty which brought together different races, classes and ideologies... Click here to read more »


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Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.: Celebrating a Century of Sisterhood, Scholarship & Service, Presented by the Detroit Alumnae Chapter

April 6, 2013 - June 29, 2014

 Twenty-two collegiate women at Howard University founded Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. on January 13, 1913, with the objective of using their collective strength to promote academic excellence and to provide assistance to persons in need. The first public act performed by the Delta Founders involved their participation in the Women's Suffrage March in Washington D.C., March 1913... Click here to read more »


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Ingrid Saunders Jones: 31 Years of Distinguished Service... and Counting

August 9, 2013 - August 28, 2014

Celebrate the amazing career and achievements of Detroit native Ingrid Saunders Jones, who retired in June 2013 as the Senior Vice President of Global Community Connections for The Coca-Cola Company and Chair of The Coca-Cola Foundation after 31 years of service. This limited-engagement exhibit honors her life as she moves on to its next chapter - as the volunteer national chair of the National Council of Negro Women... Click here to read more »


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A is for Africa

Ongoing Exhibition

Twenty-six interactive stations make up a three-dimensional "dictionary" designed for children from pre-school through fourth grade in A is for Africa. Organized by the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, this long-term installation introduces young visitors to an array of interesting persons, places, events, ideas, foods and objects important to understanding the histories and cultures of Africa... Click here to read more »


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Ring of Genealogy

Ongoing Exhibition

Located on the floor of the Ford Freedom Rotunda, is Genealogy, a work designed by artist Hubert Massey. The creation depicts the struggles of African Americans in this country. Each figure is symbolic of an experience, from slavery to present day violence, the hunger for knowledge, the importance of spirituality and the upward mobility of African Americans. Surrounding this 37-foot floor are bronze nameplates of prominent African Americans in history. Each year new names are added to this Ring of Genealogy... Click here to read more »


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Stories in Stained Glass: The Art of Samuel A. Hodge

Ongoing Exhibition

The works of art included in this long-term installation focus on three areas of African American culture and history. The Musicians celebrates everyday people who have exercised their right to interpret the world as they see it through songs and instruments. Dance and Dancers on the other hand, honors those artists who use their bodies as the medium to express non-verbal emotions, themes and ideas. And Freedom Advocates is dedicated to notable African Americans who fought and died to ensure dignity and freedom for themselves and their people... Click here to read more »


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Detroit Performs!

Ongoing Exhibition

The museum is pleased to present Detroit Performs!, a photomontage dedicated to those who gained national and often international prominence in the performing arts. Although a majority of these artists moved here from other regions, especially the south, they claimed Detroit as their own, usually crediting it as the place where they honed their skills... Click here to read more »

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