DuSable Museum of African American History

DuSable Museum of African American History
Founded: 1961

To collect, preserve, and display artifacts and objects that promote understanding and inspire appreciation of the achievements, contributions, and experiences of African Americans.

About the Organization:
Founded by teacher and art historian Margaret Burroughs and other leading Chicago citizens, the DuSable Museum of African American History is dedicated to the collection, documentation, preservation, and study of the history and culture of Africans and African Americans. The museum's 15,000-piece collection includes paintings, sculpture, print works, and historical memorabilia.

Current Programs:
Current exhibits at the museum as of February 2014 include "The Endangered Species: A Visual Response to the Vanishing Black Man," "Fifty Years Forward: Birmingham to Atlanta to Selma," and "Beyond Swastika and Jim Crow: Jewish Refugee Scholars at Black Colleges." Permanent exhibits include "A Slow Walk to Greatness: The Harold Washington Story," "Paintings/Drawings/Sculptures: Masterpieces From the DuSable Museum Collection," and "Red, White, Blue & Black: A History of Blacks in the Armed Forces." The museum also offers programming for families and children, including musical performances, film festivals, and lectures and workshops.

Web Site
Visitors to the site can read about current, upcoming, and past exhibits; browse an events calendar; and view photos and videos of event highlights. Educators can download the Educator's Guide, lesson plans and worksheets, and other resources. Visitors to the site also can learn about internship opportunities, how to support the museum by becoming a member or volunteer, or make an online donation.

The DuSable Museum of African American History receives support from foundations, corporations, government agencies, and individuals. 

Contact: Charles Bethea, COO/Curator
740 East 56th Place
Chicago, IL 60637
Phone: (773) 947-0600

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