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African American History Museums

The Washington, DC area has many museums that highlight the history of African Americans. Learn about the heritage of blacks in the United States.

Smithsonian National Museum of African Art
The Smithsonian museum has the largest publicly held collection of contemporary African art in the United States including more than 9,000 objects representing nearly every country in Africa dating from ancient to contemporary times.

Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture will be built in Washington, DC in 2015. The museum has created a website to involve the public in planning a variety of exhibits and educational programs on topics such as slavery, post-Civil War reconstruction, the Harlem Renaissance, and the civil rights movement.

Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum
The Anacostia Community Museum is the Smithsonian Institution’s museum of African American history and culture. The Anacostia Community Museum, Washington, DC's black history museum, offers exhibitions, educational programs, workshops, lectures, film screenings and other special events.

African American Civil War Memorial and Museum
The African American Civil War Memorial and Museum in Washington, DC honors and examines the African American's heroic struggle for freedom and civil rights.

Frederick Douglass National Historic Site in Washington, DC
Tour the beautifully restored Victorian Mansion that was the former home of Frederick Douglass, the famous abolitionist and advisor to Lincoln.

The Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site
Visit this Washington, DC museum and learn about the life of Mary McLeod Bethune, an African American woman educator, presidential advisor, and political activist.

Alexandria Black History Museum
Housed in a building in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia originally constructed in 1940 as a library to serve black citizens, the museum examines African-American history, art and traditions.

The Black Fashion Museum
A Washington, DC museum acknowledging the achievements of African Americans in the fashion industry.

Manassas Industrial School / Jennie Dean Memorial
A memorial park in Manassas, Virginia honoring Jennie Dean, an ex-slave who founded an industrial trade school for African American men.

Northampton Plantation Slave Quarters
This outdoor museum exhibits the rebuilt foundations of two former slave quarters of the Northampton plantation in Lake Arbor, Maryland in Prince George's County.

Sandy Spring Slave Museum
This musuem in Montgomery County, Maryland focuses on the heritage of African Americans, participation with the Underground Railroad, and the struggle for civil rights.

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