The Wright Museum Counts Down to 55 Years on Guard (1965 - 2020)

The Wright Museum Counts Down to 55 Years on Guard (1965 - 2020)


DETROIT (Oct. 24, 2018) - The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History is continuing its mission to engage the community as it tells a story for the ages – the story of the perseverance and achievements of Africa’s descendants in America. As The Wright nears 55 years in mission, this Detroit-based cultural institution continues to tell a unique story of a specific people – speaking from an Afrocentric world view to a global audience.


The Wright is now planning for its next phase as a premier home for the cultivation and celebration of African-American culture. The board has engaged the experts of a national leader in professional placements, Diversified Search, to conduct the process of selecting the next leader. This national search includes focus on candidates who lead African-American institutions around the country, offering the opportunity to lead a financially solvent and thriving cultural institution in Detroit.



The Museum displays an essential syllabus for understanding the rhythms and appreciating the drumbeats of the African-American experience. These include:


And Still We Rise - Our Journey Through African American History and Culture, the central experience of the Museum.  The 22,000 square-foot interactive core exhibit, which is the largest single exhibition on African-American history in existence, 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, and ends in present-day Detroit.


Think: A Tribute to the Queen of Soul – Through January 21, 2019

This timely and timeless exhibit of the iconic singer’s personal effects – and photographs documenting her days - honors the life and legacy of Aretha Franklin.


Ring of Genealogy – Adorning the floor of the Museum’s Rotunda is Genealogy, an inlaid work designed by artist Hubert Massey. Surrounding this 37-foot work are bronze nameplates of prominent African Americans in history and each year new names are added to this ring.


A is for Africa - Twenty-six interactive stations make up a three-dimensional "dictionary" designed for children from pre-school through fourth grade.




Seating Sally Hemings at the Table - Among the exciting offerings planned for early 2019 is an exhibit lifting Sally Hemings to her rightful place in world history. Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Annette Gordon-Reed wrote, “Though enslaved, Sally Hemings helped shape her life and the lives of her children, who got an almost 50-year head start on emancipation, escaping the system that had engulfed their ancestors and millions of others.”


Opened in September at The African American Museum of Dallas as “Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello: Paradox of Liberty,” the exhibit examines the dual nature of Thomas Jefferson, a man who could so eloquently opine that “all men are created equal” while enslaving human beings.


We Too Are Michigan - A collaboration of culture. The Wright Museum joins with the Arab American Museum and cultural institutions representing the Jewish community and others to declare that our contributions have each shaped every aspect of life in the Mitten State.


The Legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen - An exhibit honoring the men and women of the Army Air Corps program that trained African Americans to fly and maintain combat aircraft. The Tuskegee Airmen included pilots, navigators, bombardiers, maintenance and support staff, instructors, and all the personnel who kept the planes in the air, becoming the center for African-American aviation during World War II.


INTERESTED IN SERVICE ON OUR BOARD OF TRUSTEES? That’s the invitation that greets visitors to the Museum’s website. The Wright is guided by a professional staff and assisted by the volunteers on the board who contribute their time and resources to the long-range planning of the institution. The selection process for new trustees is therefore informed by the Museum’s strategic plan, with consideration given to current board composition to address gaps in skill-sets or experience. Those who are interested in joining the board can contact Lynn Weaver at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.