The DuSable Museum of African American History
The DuSable Museum of African American History is the first and oldest museum dedicated to the study and conservation of African American history, culture, and art. The museum was founded in 1961 by educator and art historian Dr. Margaret Burroughs and works to preserve and interpret the experiences and achievements of people of African descent. The museum's permanent collection includes thousands of documents and artifacts, including many that are related to the history of Chicago. Visitors can also see works of art and tour special exhibitions throughout the year. The museum also sponsors workshops and lectures.
Backstory and Context
This museum, like the city of Chicago itself, is named in honor of Jean Baptiste Point DuSable, a Haitian of African and French descent, who in 1779 established the trading post and permanent settlement which would become known as Chicago.
The museum has over 15,000 pieces; including paintings, sculptures, prints, and historical memorabilia and also offers exhibits with artifacts on loan from individuals or institutions. The museum's permanent exhibits focus on art and Chicago history, such as one that focuses on the personal history of Harold Washington and another that looks at the experiences of African Americans in the military. There is also an exhibit that traces the experiences of people in African descent from slavery to freedom and another that looks at the culture and history of the African continent. The museum also sponsors lectures, musical performances, film festivals, and workshops with artists and educators.
"Museum History," the DuSable, Museum of African American History, accessed December 1, 2014, http://www.dusablemuseum.org/about/history