As we continue to celebrate Black History Month and honor our great pioneers. I wanted to not only talk about the past but let our readers know the top 5 museums they can visit to relive history. These museums are reminders that we stand on the shoulders of our ancestors
National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis Tennessee
The National Civil Rights Museum is part of a very important moment in history. The name which was once the Lorraine Motel is located steps away from the site of Martin Luther King Jr.’s death. The museum opened officially to the public in 1991. Filled with artifacts, films, interactive media, and exhibits that guide the visitors through centuries of history, from the slave resistance to the multiple protests of the civil rights movement. What makes this museum a must-see, is that you actually get to take a look inside room 306 where Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated.
The National Voting Rights Museum and Institute, Selma, Alabama
This museum was opened in Selma Alabama in 1993. It honors and displays the testimony of the activists who participated in the 1955 Selma Marches and the passage leading up to the 1965 Voting Rights Act. The museum gives in-depth explorations along with archives and chronicles multiple women’s suffrage movements. It showcases heroes and unsung heroes who were vital to the civil rights movement. The museum displays Ku Klux Klan robes and nooses to showcase the horrific truth of the Jim Crow South during those times.
Whitney Plantation, Wallace, Louisiana
The museum opened in 2014 and is devoted to slavery in the United States. It is very educational and gives you real insights into the workings of a plantation. The museum is the only one in Louisiana that focuses on enslaved lives. The materials and audios go into harsh factual details about what the slaves experienced. Once you immerse yourself into the vivid pictures and history, it is sure to leave you walking away with knowledge of what went down at the plantations.
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Cincinnati, Ohio
The museum honors the heroes of The Underground Railroad. What’s interesting about this museum is that it tells the stories of ordinary people who showed courage and risked their lives to help free slaves in the name of justice. The painful memories of the dark history are shown throughout the whole museum. The exhibits are large and consist of a bunch of reading material for visitors. You will surely get emotional after learning the stories of the Underground Railroad.
The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, Kansas City, Missouri
The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum opened in 1990. The museum is the hub for Negro league baseball in America. It was founded by former Negro League baseball players. The museum chronologically takes you down memory lane by showing the progression of the Negro Leagues. It has interactive exhibits. The museum fascinates its visitors by displaying pictures spread across the walls of Negro players, owners, and officials. Visiting this museum is an exciting experience to relieve the history of the great game of baseball. The museum showcases authentic memorabilia.
National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis Tennessee pic credited by Adrián Sáenz
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Whitney Plantation, Wallace, Louisiana pic credited by kreolmagazine.com
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Cincinnati, Ohio pic credited by Shae Pepper
The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, Kansas City, Missouri pic credited by LA VELLE E. NEAL III