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Welcome to the Searchable Museum

A place to explorehistory and culturethrough anAfrican American lens

Spirit in the Dark

Diverse aspects of the Black religious experience are revealed through photographs and stories of individuals featured in Ebony, Jet, and other Johnson Publishing Company publications.

Photograph of Marvin Gaye in a purple jacket on stage performing

Millie Christine

Millie Christine McCoy were conjoined twins born into slavery in Whiteville, North Carolina. Known as “The Carolina Twins” and the “Two-Headed Nightingale,” the enslaved twins were exhibited before the Civil War as circus and sideshow attractions in parts of the United States and Europe.

Images of a carte-de-visite photograph of conjoined twins Millie and Christine McCoy.

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Constellations

Artifacts and topics illuminating connections to history

Discover

Lesser-Known Stories

Shining a new light on the African American past and its people.

Portrait of Bridget Biddy Mason

Bridget "Biddy" Mason

Entrepreneur and philanthropist Bridget “Biddy” Mason helped to establish the First African Methodist Episcopal Church of Los Angeles.

Photograph of Workers at the Pacific Parachute Company

The Pacific Parachute Company

Skydiving entrepreneur Howard “Skippy” Smith founded one of the first Black-owned and managed war production plants during World War II.

Photograph of 5 women from AKA Sorority

The Mississippi Health Project II

In June and October of 2021, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. offered an array of health services to Mississippi residents in underserved communities.

Photograph of Homer G. Philips hospital and students

Homer G. Phillips Hospital and School of Nursing

Homer G. Phillips Hospital served as the preeminent training facility for African American nurses and physicians during segregation.

Portrait of Bridget Biddy Mason

Bridget "Biddy" Mason

Entrepreneur and philanthropist Bridget “Biddy” Mason helped to establish the First African Methodist Episcopal Church of Los Angeles.

Photograph of 5 women from AKA Sorority

The Mississippi Health Project II

In June and October of 2021, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. offered an array of health services to Mississippi residents in underserved communities.

Photograph of Workers at the Pacific Parachute Company

The Pacific Parachute Company

Skydiving entrepreneur Howard “Skippy” Smith founded one of the first Black-owned and managed war production plants during World War II.

Photograph of Homer G. Philips hospital and students

Homer G. Phillips Hospital and School of Nursing

Homer G. Phillips Hospital served as the preeminent training facility for African American nurses and physicians during segregation.

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Present to Past

Current events and issues from a historical perspective

People waiting in line to vote

Law

African Americans continue the fight for social justice and equal treatment under the law.

Black women in masks at a protest

Health

Structural racism and racist beliefs about African Americans shape access to care and health outcomes.

Black and white photograph of Marva Collins in a classroom with students

Education

African Americans established schools for their communities and have taken innovative approaches to education while challenging segregation and discrimination.

A black and white photograph of two soldiers, in military fatigues, perched on the edge of the windshield, boots resting on the jeep's hood.

Military

While serving the nation, African Americans continued to fight for justice and their own freedom

People waiting in line to vote

Law

African Americans continue the fight for social justice and equal treatment under the law.

Black and white photograph of Marva Collins in a classroom with students

Education

African Americans established schools for their communities and have taken innovative approaches to education while challenging segregation and discrimination.

Black women in masks at a protest

Health

Structural racism and racist beliefs about African Americans shape access to care and health outcomes.

A black and white photograph of two soldiers, in military fatigues, perched on the edge of the windshield, boots resting on the jeep's hood.

Military

While serving the nation, African Americans continued to fight for justice and their own freedom

Understand

How We Know What We Know

Methods, tools, and sources used to study African American history and culture

Composite Image of items featured in How We Know What We Know

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