Detroit is known for attractions like Hitsville USA, Coney Island, and its many casinos; but if you have visited Motor City and have not toured the Charles H. Wright Museum (located at: 315 E. Warren in Detroit), you’re missing out on one of the most spectacular African-American history museums in the country.
AlwaysAList.com was able to tour this amazing museum recently, while it housed the touring “Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair” exhibition. We were impressed by the vast collection of over 35,000 artifacts and archival materials at the museum.
Charles H. Wright Museum houses 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.
Additionally, the museum also offers:
• 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 65 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.
In 2015, the museum culminated its 50th anniversary with a gala that raised a record-breaking $1.8 million. Led by Detroit enthusiast, museum gala chair and president of the General Motors Foundation, Vivian Pickard, the milestone fundraiser year for the museum was task Pickard approached with great passion.
“My goal was to have an African American donor giving $100,000 for each decade of the Museum’s 50-year history,” said Pickard. “I am so proud to say that we have accomplished that goal.”
Bridgewater Interiors, Prestige Automotive, Roy and Maureen Roberts, The Sid E. Taylor Foundation and The Pickard Family Fund were among the five Detroit-based African-American donors who made the $100,000 pledge.
One visit of the Charles H. Wright Museum will show you why Detroit locals appreciation this destination and work diligently to ensure it has the finances to sustain its operation.
Check out some of the images below from the museum, the gala and of the “Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair” exhibit.