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Welcome to the Searchable Museum

A place to explorehistory and culturethrough anAfrican American lens

Slavery & Freedom 1400–1877


An in-depth journey through the history of slavery and freedom, based on the Museum’s permanent exhibition

Ambrotype of an African American Woman with a Flag, 1865

The Constellation


Artifacts and topics illuminating connections to history

Image of the Constellation interactive

Present to Past


Current events and issues from a historical perspective

Lesser-Known Stories


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

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

Visit the Museum

Photograph of museum exterior