The DuSable Museum of African American History is a museum that aims to preserve and cultivate the long history, culture and art of the African American people in the United States. The DuSable Museum of African American History is located in Chicago?s Washington Park community area.
The DuSable Museum was founded in February 16, 1961 by Charles Burroughs together with his wife Margaret Burroughs together with men like Gerard Lew with the goal of celebrating the African-American culture which at the time was being overlooked by other museums around the States. Through the years the DuSable Museum of African America History has become an important educational resource for the African American community in Chicago.
The DuSable Museum for African American History features a diverse collection from different eras. The museum houses a total of 13,000 historical artifacts including books, photographs, art objects and memorabilia. Curators have stated that most of the things that appears in the museum came from gifts given by museum patrons.
The collection that can be seen in the museum houses items from different times through the years including some relics that was used and preserved from the United States Slavery years. There were also some items that belonged to the 19th and early 20th century. One of the Du Sable Museum?s prized possessions is a diary from the Sea Explorer Captain Harry Dean.
Other attractions in the museum include a large collection of the literary scholar W.E.B. Du Bois. There are also some notes and famous works of Langston Hughes and sociologist St. Clair Drake. The art section of the museum contains the works of African American South Side Community Art Center students Charles White and Archibald Motley Jr.
The DuSable Museum also proudly features the prints and drawings of Henry O. Tanner, Romare Bearden and Richmond Barthe.
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