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DuSable Museum of African American History

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Tour the DuSable Museum of African American History with Mayor Lightfoot and learn about the struggles and successes of African Americans through history. Founded by Margaret Burroughs in 1961, the museum moved to its current location in Washington Park in 1973. The DuSable is the nation’s oldest, independent, black museum and was named after Jean Baptiste Point DuSable, a Haitian of African and French descent who opened the first trading post in what is now Chicago.

Our next stop is the DuSable Museum of African American History. We visit the World War I exhibit, which honors the 350,000 black men and women who fought overseas and the “Freedom & Resistance” exhibit, which portrays the African American experience from the trans-Atlantic slave trade to Obama’s historic election. Next, we go face-to-face with an animatronic Harold Washington, Chicago’s first black mayor, and learn about his historical role in shaping Chicago’s history. Finally, we tour the magnificent Daniel Burnham Roundhouse, where special events and exhibits are hosted. We’ve made it fun for families to learn together. Check out our activities for all ages and abilities. Use the hashtag #StayHomeHitPlay to share your creations.