DuSable Museum of African American History

Official Homepage: www.dusablemuseum.org

Fee: $10

Sun. 12 PM–5 PM
No-Fee Hours: 12 PM–5 PM
Mon. Closed
Tue. 10 AM–5 PM
Wed. 10 AM–5 PM
Thu. 10 AM–5 PM
Fri. 10 AM–5 PM
Sat. 10 AM–5 PM
740 E 56th Pl
Chicago, Chicago 60637
(773) 947-0600

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The DuSable (website) is a Museum (Cultural) in Chicago.
Official description from DuSable:
The DuSable Museum of African American History, the first and oldest institution of its kind in the country, has been dedicated to the collection, preservation, interpretation and dissemination of the history and culture of Africans and Americans of African descent. Visit the following pages to learn more about the museum:
Wikipedia excerpt:
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. It was founded in 1961 by Dr. Margaret Taylor-Burroughs (sometimes Margaret Burroughs or Margaret Goss Burroughs), her husband Charles Burroughs, Gerard Lew, and others. Dr. Taylor-Burroughs and other founders established the museum to celebrate black culture, then overlooked by most museums and academic establishments. It is located at 740 E. 56th Place at the corner of Cottage Grove Avenue on the South Side of Chicago in the Washington Park community area. The DuSable Museum was originally chartered on February 16, 1961. Its origins as the Ebony Museum of Negro History and Art began following the work of Margaret and Charles Burroughs to correct the perceived omission of black history and culture in the education establishment. The museum was originally located on the ground floor of the Burroughs' home at 3806 S. Michigan Avenue. In 1968, the museum was renamed for Jean Baptiste Point du Sable, a Haitian fur trader and the first non-Native-American permanent settler in Chicago. During the 1960s, the museum and the South Side Community Art Center, which was located across the street, founded by Taylor-Burroughs and dedicated by Eleanor Roosevelt, formed an African American cultural corridor. This original museum site had previously been a boarding house for African American railroad workers.

Promotional images for exhibits from DuSable official site

Current Exhibitions

Now Until May 16, 2011
The exhibition is comprised of over 250 objects, including posters, photographs, graphic art, magazines, newspapers, books, pamphlets, political buttons, comic books, toys, postcards, and clips from film, newsreels, and television.
Now Ongoing
Featuring more than 100 artifacts, objects, images and documents, "Red, White, Blue & Black," highlights the robust collection of militaria from the DuSable Museum’s permanent collection.

Upcoming Exhibitions

Jul 02, 2011 Ongoing
The content of the proposed exhibition is based on the newly published book of the same title by National Air and Space Museum curator, Von Hardesty. The show will cover significant figures, events, and themes associated with African Americans in aviation and aerospace history.
Official DuSable Links
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