African-American History Brought to Life

When children learn about African-American history in school each February, they often hear about the people their parents learned about, such as George Washington Carver, Harriet Tubman, and Hank Aaron. But there are so many more people in black history in America and around the world. If you've taken an elevator instead of the stairs, you benefited from the invention of Elisha Otis, who began manufacturing passenger elevators in 1857. And if you're into genealogy, you might one day benefit from the work of geneticist Rick Kittles, who traces African-American ancestry via DNA testing. Closer to home and perhaps more familiar are historical figures such as baseball icon Hank Aaron and Katherine Dunham, a renowned anthropologist, dancer and choreographer. Dunham Hall at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is named for her. Now everyone can enjoy learning about them and others through Museum En Black, a museum dedicated to African-American history and culture.

Our Mission

Our mission is to preserve and present African American history in a way that is entertaining and informative through our museum. We are working to start a charter school with the goal of creating a unique learning environment for children in pre-k through 12th grade. It is important that the children know about their ancestry, the Underground Railroad and the contributions of notable African Americans in building our country. We present our history through plays, re-enactments, historic monologues and much more. By witnessing these events, children and adults can fully embrace a different time and the struggles African Americans have overcome.

Our Exhibits

A great way for everyone to learn about African American history is through our exhibits. Our museum is filled with artifacts and collectibles that represent our culture through the centuries. You will see items that have great significance for our culture. Our exhibits are another way to bring our community together, and to bring awareness of important causes affecting African Americans and Africans around the world. Be on the lookout for future exhibits!

 

Museum En Black

Phone: 314.498.7141

Email: action@MuseumEnBlack.org

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