#49 Begin your ancestry research — at home

I (Ann) moved back to the Atlanta area in the first months of 2020. You know the rest: The COVID-19 restrictions started and it limited my reconnections and great adventures to my favorite places with the best folk.

It’s time.

Although the health and safety precautions must be adhered to, my first local museum visit will be APEX.

If you are in D.C., it should be the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

In my hometown of Omaha, Nebraska, please visit, Great Plains Black History Museum.

In the few museums listed above, strong advocates brought them into existence. My friend, Dan Moore, is the champion of the APEX Museum. Bertha Callaway is the proactive instigator of the Great Plains Museum.

To help you get to your local destination, this wikisite is helpful. If you need to add content site, please provide information so that others may benefit:

List of African American-themed museums

This is a sortable table. Click on the column you wish it sorted by.

NameCityStateFoundedRereferencesImage
A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter MuseumChicagoIllinois1995]
Africa Center, TheNew York City (Manhattan)New York1984[9][a]
African American Civil War Memorial MuseumWashingtonD.C.1999[13]
African-American Research Library and Cultural CenterFort LauderdaleFlorida2002[14]
African American Firefighter MuseumLos AngelesCalifornia1997[15]
African American Military History MuseumHattiesburgMississippi2000[16]
African American Multicultural MuseumScottsdaleArizona2005[17]
African American MuseumDallasTexas1974[18]
African American Museum and Library at OaklandOaklandCalifornia1994[19]
African American Museum in Cleveland, TheClevelandOhio1956[20]
African American Museum in PhiladelphiaPhiladelphiaPennsylvania1976[21]
African American Museum of IowaCedar RapidsIowa2003[22]
African American Museum of Nassau CountyHempsteadNew York1970[23]
African American Museum of the ArtsDeLandFlorida1994[24]
African American Museum of Southern IllinoisCarbondaleIllinois1997[25]
Afro-American Historical and Cultural Society MuseumJersey CityNew Jersey1984[26]
Alabama State Black Archives Research Center and MuseumHuntsvilleAlabama1990[27]
Alexandria Black History MuseumAlexandriaVirginia1987[28][b]
America’s Black Holocaust MuseumMilwaukeeWisconsin1988[29]
Anacostia MuseumWashingtonD.C.1967[30]
Anne Spencer House and Garden MuseumLynchburgVirginia1977[31]
APEX (African American Panoramic Experience) MuseumAtlantaGeorgia1978[32]
Armstead T. Johnson High SchoolMontrossVirginia2000[33]
Backstreet Cultural MuseumNew OrleansLouisiana1999[34]
Banneker-Douglass MuseumAnnapolisMaryland1984[35]
Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and MuseumOellaMaryland1998[36]
Bertha Lee Strickland Cultural MuseumSenecaSouth Carolina2015[37]
Birmingham Civil Rights InstituteBirminghamAlabama1992[38]
Black American West Museum & Heritage CenterDenverColorado1971[39]
Black Cowboy MuseumRosenbergTexas2017[40]
Black History 101 Mobile MuseumDetroitMichigan1995[41]
Black History Museum and Cultural Center of VirginiaRichmondVirginia1988[42]
Blanchard House MuseumPunta GordaFlorida2004[43]
Bontemps African American MuseumAlexandriaLouisiana1988[44]
Booker T. Washington National MonumentHardyVirginia1956Brazos Valley African American MuseumBryanTexas2006[45]
Bronzeville Children’s MuseumChicagoIllinois1998[46]
Buffalo Soldiers National MuseumHoustonTexas2000[47]
California African American MuseumLos AngelesCalifornia1981[48]
Charles H. Wright Museum of African American HistoryDetroitMichigan1965[49]
Charlotte Hawkins Brown MuseumSedaliaNorth Carolina1987[50]
Clemson Area African American MuseumClemsonSouth Carolina2010[51]
Delta Cultural CenterHelenaArkansas1991[52]
Destination CrenshawLos AngelesCalifornia2019[53]
Dorchester Academy and MuseumMidwayGeorgia2004[54]
Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American History MuseumSt. PetersburgFlorida2006[55]
DuSable Museum of African American HistoryChicagoIllinois1960[20]
Eddie Mae Herron Center and MuseumPocahontasArkansas2001[56]
Ely Educational MuseumPompano BeachFlorida2000[57]
Evansville African American MuseumEvansvilleIndiana2007[58]
Finding Our Roots African American MuseumHoumaLouisiana2017[59]
Frederick Douglass National Historic SiteWashingtonD.C.1962[60]
Freedom House MuseumAlexandriaVirginia2008[61]
Freedom Rides MuseumMontgomeryAlabama1962[62]
George Washington Carver Museum, TheTuskegeeAlabama1941[63]
George Washington Carver MuseumPhoenixArizona1980[64]
George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural CenterAustinTexas1980[65]
George Washington Carver National MonumentNewton CountyMissouri1960[66]
Great Blacks in Wax MuseumBaltimoreMaryland1983[67]
Great Plains Black History MuseumOmahaNebraska1975[68]
Griot Museum of Black History, TheSt. LouisMissouri1997[69]
Hammonds House MuseumAtlantaGeorgia1988[70]
Hampton University MuseumHamptonVirginia1988[71]
Harriet Tubman MuseumCape MayNew Jersey2020[72]
Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor CenterChurch CreekMaryland2017[73]
Harvey B. Gantt CenterCharlotteNorth Carolina1974[74]
Henderson Institute Historical MuseumHendersonNorth Carolina1986[75]
Howard County Center of African American CultureColumbiaMaryland1987[76]
Idaho Black History MuseumBoiseIdaho1995[77]
International African American MuseumCharlestonSouth Carolina2019 (anticipated)[78]
International Civil Rights Center and MuseumGreensboroNorth Carolina2010[79]
Jacob Fontaine Religious MuseumAustinTexas2004[80]
Jim Crow Museum of Racist MemorabiliaBig RapidsMichigan1996[81]
John Johnson HousePhiladelphiaPennsylvania1997[82]
John E. Rogers African American Cultural CenterHartfordConnecticut1991[83]
John G. Riley Center/Museum of African American History and CultureTallahasseeFlorida1996[84]
Josephine School Community MuseumBerryvilleVirginia2003[85]
Kansas African-American MuseumWichitaKansas1997[86]
L.E. Coleman African-American MuseumHalifax County, VirginiaVirginia2005[87]
LaVilla MuseumJacksonvilleFlorida1999[88]
Legacy Museum, TheMontgomeryAlabama2018[89]
Legacy Museum of African American HistoryLynchburgVirginia2000[90]
Lewis H. Latimer HouseNew York City (Queens)New York2004[91]
Lincolnville Museum and Cultural CenterSt. AugustineFlorida2005[92]
Louis Armstrong HouseNew York City (Queens)New York2003[93]
Martin Luther King, Jr., National Historic Site Visitors CenterAtlantaGeorgia1996[94]
Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic SiteWashingtonD.C.1979[95]
Mary McLeod Bethune HomeDaytona BeachFlorida1956[96][c]
Mary S. Harrell Black Heritage MuseumNew Smyrna BeachFlorida1999[97]
Mayme A. Clayton Library and MuseumCulver CityCalifornia2010[98]
McLemore House African-American MuseumFranklinTennessee2002[99]
Mississippi Civil Rights MuseumJacksonMississippi2017[100][101]
MoCADANew York City (Brooklyn)New York1999[102]
Mosaic Templars Cultural CenterLittle RockArkansas2008[103]
Muhammad Ali CenterLouisvilleKentucky2005[104]
Museum of African American History & Abiel Smith SchoolBostonMassachusetts1964[105]
Museum of the African DiasporaSan FranciscoCalifornia2005[106]
Nash House MuseumBuffaloNew York2003[107]
Natchez Museum of African American History and CultureNatchezMississippi1991[108]
National African American Archives and MuseumMobileAlabama1992[citation needed]
National Afro-American Museum and Cultural CenterWilberforceOhio1987[109]
National Center for Civil and Human RightsAtlantaGeorgia2014[100]
National Center of Afro-American ArtistsRoxburyMassachusetts1969[110]
National Civil Rights MuseumMemphisTennessee1991[111]
National Museum of African American History and CultureWashingtonD.C.2016[112]
National Museum of African American MusicNashvilleTennessee2013[d]
National Underground Railroad Freedom CenterCincinnatiOhio2004[114]
National Voting Rights MuseumSelmaAlabama1991[115]
Negro Leagues Baseball MuseumKansas CityMissouri1990[116]
New Orleans African American MuseumNew OrleansLouisiana1988[117]
Newsome House Museum and Cultural CenterNewport NewsVirginia1991[118]
Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage CenterNiagara FallsNew York2018[119]
Northeast Louisiana Delta African American Heritage MuseumMonroeLouisiana1994[120]
Northwest African American MuseumSeattleWashington2008[121]
Odell S. Williams Now And Then African-American MuseumBaton RougeLouisiana2001[122]
Old Dillard MuseumFort LauderdaleFlorida1995[123]
Omenala Griot Afrocentric Teaching MuseumAtlantaGeorgia1992[124]
Oran Z’s Black Facts and Wax MuseumLos AngelesCalifornia2000[125]
Paul R. Jones Collection of African American ArtNewarkDelaware2004[126]
Philadelphia Doll MuseumPhiladelphiaPennsylvania1988[127]
Poindexter Village Museum and Cultural CenterColumbusOhioPlanned[128]
Pope House MuseumRaleighNorth Carolina2011[129]
Portsmouth Colored Community Library MuseumPortsmouthVirginia2013[130]
Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural CenterNorth BrentwoodMaryland2010[131]
Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights MuseumSavannahGeorgia1996[132]
Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & CultureBaltimoreMaryland2005[133]
River Road African American MuseumDonaldsonvilleLouisiana1994[134]
Rosa Parks MuseumMontgomeryAlabama2000[135]
Rural African American MuseumOpelousasLouisiana2018[136]
Sandy Ground Historical MuseumNew York City (Staten Island)New York1994[137]
Scott Joplin House State Historic SiteSt. LouisMissouri1983Scottsboro Boys Museum and Cultural CenterScottsboroAlabama2010[138]
Slave Haven Underground Railroad MuseumMemphisTennessee1997[139]
Slave Mart MuseumCharlestonSouth Carolina1938[140]
Smith-Robertson Museum and Cultural CenterJacksonMississippi1984[141]
Southeastern Regional Black Archives Research Center and MuseumTallahasseeFlorida1976[142]
Spady Cultural Heritage MuseumDelray BeachFlorida2001[143]
Spelman College Museum of Fine ArtAtlantaGeorgia1996[144]
Springfield and Central Illinois African-American History MuseumSpringfieldIllinois2012[145]
Studio Museum in HarlemNew York City (Manhattan)New York1968[146]
Swift MuseumRogersvilleTennessee2008[147]
Tangipahoa African American Heritage MuseumHammondLouisiana2005[citation needed]
Taylor House Museum of Historic FrenchtownTallahasseeFlorida2011[148]
Tubman African American MuseumMaconGeorgia1981[149]
Tuskegee Airmen National Historic SiteTuskegeeAlabama2008[150]
Tuskegee Airmen National MuseumDetroitMichigan1987[151]
Underground Railroad Museum at Belmont MansionPhiladelphiaPennsylvania2007[152]
Weeksville Heritage CenterNew York City (Brooklyn)New York2005[153]
Wells’ Built MuseumOrlandoFlorida2001[154]
Whitney PlantationSt. John the Baptist ParishLouisiana2014[155]
Willam V. Banks Broadcast MuseumDetroitMichigan2017[156]
Zion Union Heritage MuseumHyannisMassachusetts2008[157]
Zora Neale Hurston Museum of Fine ArtsEatonvilleFlorida2017[158]

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Our genealogy traces our family from western and central Africa and western Europe. Our ancestors entered the United States at the Virginia and Georgia Ports. First cousins Mark Owen and Ann Lineve Wead (it is protocol to use the maiden names of females in genealogy searches) are responsible for writing this blog. Although Ann has been involved in genealogy research while searching for certain ancestors since the age of 10, the cousins began deeper research of their families during the COVID-19 Pandemic Year of 2020. Devoting as much as 6 hours some evenings to the methodical training and research of genealogy, the cousins completed the year 2020 by earning genealogy certificates. Join us. @goodgenesgenealogy on wordpress and fb, twitter Sign up for our blog and enjoy the journey.

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