The Civil Rights History Project: Survey of Collections and Repositories
Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
315 East Warren Avenue
Repository URL: http://www.thewright.org/
Repository code: midechw
Repository description (extant): The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History is the world's largest institution dedicated to the African American experience. The museum provides learning opportunities, exhibitions, programs and events based on collections and research that explore the diverse history and culture of African Americans and their African origins. Housing over 30,000 artifacts and archival materials and home to the Blanche Coggin Underground Railroad Collection, Harriet Tubman Museum Collection, Coleman A. Young Collection and the Sheffield Collection, a repository of documents of the labor movement in Detroit, the museum also features:
- 120,000 square feet and seven exhibition areas devoted to African Americans and their stories.
- And Still We Rise: Our Journey Through African American History and Culture, the museum's 22,000 square foot, interactive core exhibit.
- The Ford Freedom Rotunda and its 100 feet in diameter by 55 feet high glass dome; this architectural wonder is two feet wider than the State Capitol dome.
- Ring of Genealogy, a 37 foot terrazzo tile creation by artist Hubert Massey surrounded by bronze nameplates of prominent African Americans in history.
- 92 flags displayed alphabetically by country and origin; these nations are places where significant numbers of African descendants reside.
- The Louise Lovett Wright Library and Robert L. Hurst Research Center.
- The General Motors Theater, a 317-seat facility for live performances, film screenings, lectures, presentations and more.
- A Museum Store that sells authentic African and African American art, books and merchandise.
Repository type: Museum
Charles H. Wright Museum living history collection