Sunday, January 29, 2006

Heritage Spotlight: The DuSable Museum of African American History

The DuSable Museum of African American History, founded in 1961, was renamed in 1968 to honor Jean Baptist Pointe DuSable, a Haitian fur trader who was Chicago’s first permanent resident. A goal of the museum is to preserve and interpret the experience and achievements of African Americans. The DuSable claims to be the oldest museum of its type in the country.
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The museum’s galleries include exhibits on a number of topics and a community gallery of art. Some current and recent displays include 100 Plus One … American’s Music Before Motown and Beyond, A Right Given But Denied- Exploring the Civil Rights Movement, and Annie Malone: Black Beauty Culture Pioneer and Millionaire.

The DuSable offers programs for children and adults, book signings, courses, lectures, a museum store, and seasonal celebrations throughout the year. Memberships are available and donations are welcome.

Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday noon-5 p.m. The museum will be closed on Mondays during the conference. Admission is reasonably priced at $3 for adults, $2 for students and seniors, $1 for children 6-13, and free for children 5 and under. On Sundays admission is free. The museum's website is at

The handicap accessible building is at 740 E. 56th Place in Washington Park. Their phone number is 773-947-0600.

If using the RTA Trip Planner you will find the DuSable Museum is one of the choices in the destination drop down list. To take public transportation from the conference to the DuSable, walk north from the hotel .3 miles to the Rosemont CTA. Take the Blue Line (O’Hare to Forest Park) to the Washington and Dearborn Station. Take the Red Line (to 95th/Dan Ryan) to Garfield. Then take the CTA Bus 55 Eastbound to 55th and Payne. Walk .1 mile south to the museum.


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