Feb 15, 2021 2021-02-15
The Black History 101 Mobile Museum hosts an award-winning collection of more than 10,000 original artifacts of Black memorabilia dating from the trans-Atlantic slave trade era to hip-hop culture. The traveling exhibit has visited 40 states, reaching tens of thousands of visitors in diverse spaces, including colleges, K–12 schools, libraries, museums, and cultural events. Among the unique collection are rare artifacts representing categories including (but not limited to) slavery, politics, Jim Crow, science, religion, education, music, sports, and civil rights. Some highlights of the collection are documents signed by Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington, Mary McLeod Bethune, W.E.B. Du Bois, Paul Robeson, Rosa Parks, Marcus Garvey, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr., George Washington Carver, Lena Horne, Carter G. Woodson, and Angela Davis. Intentionally displayed in nontraditional museum spaces, such as classrooms, conference rooms, libraries, and galleries, the Black History 101 Mobile Museum offers audiences a fresh and creative lens to view history while developing a broader appreciation for museums in general and providing a “safe space” to have honest conversations about race and social justice. The Black History 101 Mobile Museum’s tour schedule for 2021 is posted online. The museum has recently added a virtual option to continue to engage communities across the globe during the disruption of COVID-19.