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Who says you need to wait until February to immerse yourself in African-American culture? Here are 10 of our favorite destinations where you can pay homage to the impact and contributions African-Americans have made.
1. National Museum of African-American History and Culture – Washington D.C.
Visitors can peruse 37,000 objects relating to the visual and performing arts, civil rights, and segregation. After that, they can enjoy traditional meals of spicy oxtail and sweet potato pie at the museum’s Sweet Home Café.
2. Beale Street Historic District – Memphis, TN
During the ‘20s, Beale Street was alive and booming with nightclubs, restaurants, gambling, and theaters. Today, it’s just as lively, with sounds of jazz, blues, and R&B music from some of the most influential African-American artists.
3. Dooky Chase’s Restaurant – New Orleans, LA
Barack Obama had less than four hours to spend in the city, and stopping for lunch at this iconic restaurant was at the top of his to-do list. It’s also known as the “Queen of Creole Cuisine,”
4. Nicodemus National Historic Site – Bogue, KS
It is a wonderful way to learn more about this historic town that thrived during the Civil War. Today, it’s the only remaining Black settlement west of the Mississippi River.
5. Harriet Tubman National Historical Park – Auburn, NY
This courageous woman made missions to rescue and free other people, and she was the leader of the Underground Railroad, is one of the most legendary women in American history.
6. African-American Museum – Dallas, TX
The rich culture of African-American history throughout 38,000-square-foot structure. It also contains one of the largest collections of African-American Folk Art, so this museum is a definite must-see!
7. Tuskegee Airmen National Historical Museum – Detroit, MI
It not only celebrates the contributions of the pilots who defended the Nation and put their lives on the line, but it also gives honor to the host of navigators, mechanics, instructors, nurses, cooks, and crew chiefs who played a role in desegregating the military.
8. Congo Square – New Orleans, LA
This historic district was once the meeting place for freed Africans, where they would sing, dance, and give praise. And now, performers convene here daily to put on mesmerizing performances that pay homage to African-American history.
9. Natchez National Historical Park – Natchez, MS
The site preserves the structures from the American South, including the home of William Johnson – a mixed-race freed man who later became a barber and businessman. Visitors can also learn about the region’s socio-economic development and agricultural history pre- and post-Civil War.
10. The Center for Civil and Human Rights – Atlanta, GA
Visitors can receive a painful history lesson as they watch videos of marches, participate in a mock sit-in at a restaurant counter, and view the countless photos of those who were either arrested or killed during the fight for equal rights
Which one of these would you like to visit?