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9 Inspiring Places to Visit During Black History month

February is Black History Month.

During this month of black culture, revisit the history of African Americans by touring these nine places.

Also, you can visit all year long, not just during February.

These places range from the acclaimed Smithsonian in D.C. to Motown Hit records in Detroit.

Admission fees start at no charge to $15. I’ve included the website so that you can schedule the best time for you and your family or friends to visit.

Read below to see where Black History will take you.


9 Remarkable Places to Visit During Black History Month

1. National Museum of African-American History and Culture | Washington D.C.

The Smithsonian museum, which was inaugurated in November 2016, is the “only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African-American life, history and culture” according to the website.

As a result, the museum houses an enormous exhibition space – 5 floors & 85,000 Sq Ft!

There are 12 exhibitions, close to 3,000 objects, 13 different interactives with 17 stations & even a Café that showcases traditional, seasonal foods from different sectors of the states.

  • Admission: Free, but time pass is required
  • Website: Travel BHM

TIP: Get your time pass early, this museum is very popular! You can get it online or by phone.

 

Negro Leagues

2. Negro Leagues Baseball Museum |Kansas City, Missouri

Museum visitors can explore the history of the Negro Baseball League here. There are hundreds of photographs and memorabilia that range from the late 1800s to the 1960s.

  • Admission: $10 for adults, $9 for seniors, and $6 for kids 5 to 12
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The Temptations

3. Motown Museum | Detroit, Michigan

Motown Records was founded in 1959 by Berry Gordy. Most noteworthy artists include The Temptations, Jackson 5, Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder.

Visitors can view artifacts, photos, and memorabilia dedicated to the genre and the era.

  • Admission: $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and youth. Children under 5 are free.
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TIP: Tickets are first come, first served. Tickets can sell out, make sure you prepare.


4. Nicodemus National Historic Site |Nicodemus, Kansas

After the Civil War, emancipated slaves fled from Kentucky for the promise of protection and freedom in Kansas. Consequently, Nicodemus, KS became a settlement town.

Visitors can see the five original buildings, as well as the census.

 

Tuskegee Airmen

5. Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site | Tuskegee, Alabama

The Tuskegee Airmen began as a trial by the Army Air Corps in World War II to determine whether African-Americans could lead troops, maintain aircraft and fly in combat.

Futhermore, visitors can hear stories of the women and men who challenged military segregation as well as see memorabilia and artifacts.




Buffalo soldiers

6. Buffalo Soldiers National Museum | Houston, Texas

“Buffalo Soldier” regiments were the first peacetime all-black units in the regular U.S. Army. They were created immediately after the Civil War.

The Buffalo Soldiers National Museum honors the legacy and service of African Americans that have fought in wars.

  • Admission: $10 for adults, $5 for students, seniors, and service members with military ID. 5 & under free.
  • Website: Travel BHM

Bonus: 18th Annual Gala on Feb 23, 2018

 

Harriet Tubman

7. Harriet Tubman Historical Park | Auburn, New York

Harriet Tubman is one of the most iconic women in history. She was a former slave who became a leader of the Underground Railroad, leading slaves to freedom in the North.

Visitors can view the land that encompasses her home in upstate New York. It was named as a national park in 2017, ensuring its legacy. Future renovations are expected.

  • Admission: Free, other sites near may charge a fee
  • Website: Travel BHM

 

8. National Underground Railroad Freedom Center | Cincinnati, Ohio

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center gives acknowledgement to the legendary covert network that shuttled runaway slaves to the north.

  • Admission: adults $15, seniors $13, children 3 to 12 $10.50.
  • Website: Travel BHM

 

9. Birmingham Civil Rights Institute | Birmingham, Alabama

During the modern Civil Rights movement, Birmingham carried a large symbolic weight.

Thus, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute offers abundant exhibits on the milestones, heroes and tragic events of the civil rights era.

  • Admission: Adults $15; $6 college students; $5 seniors and children 4 to 12; and free for children who are residents of Jefferson County, AL.
  • Website: Travel BHM

 


Here’s a roundup of the sites you should visit this Black History Month:

1. National Museum of African-American History and Culture | Washington D.C.

2. Negro Leagues Baseball Museum |Kansas City, Missouri

3. Motown Museum | Detroit, Michigan

4. Nicodemus National Historic Site |Nicodemus, Kansas

5. Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site | Tuskegee, Alabama

6. Buffalo Soldiers National Museum | Houston, Texas

7. Harriet Tubman Historical Park | Auburn, New York

8. National Underground Railroad Freedom Center | Cincinnati, Ohio

9. Birmingham Civil Rights Institute | Birmingham, Alabama


What place would you like to visit and learn more about? Let me know in the comment section!

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