HS Features: California African American Museum

By: Jada Wright-Greene California African American MuseumPhoto Credit: Jada Wright-Greene One of my goals in life is to visit every African American museum in the United States.  July of 2019 I was able to visit the California African American Museum with my family. I even invited some friends to visit the museum on our journey. …

Opinion: Why is Lonnie Bunch’s appointment significant?

By: Jada Wright-Greene Jaclyn Nash / Smithsonian Institution Lonnie Bunch is considered a rockstar (as someone recently said to me) in the museum world with his new appointment. Why is he a rockstar and why is this appointment so significant? Well, for several reasons. In order to help you understand, let me explain a few…

HS Features: Tina Turner Museum

Tina Turner Museum located at Flagg Grove SchoolCredit: West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center We are featuring the Tina Turner Museum located in the Flagg Grove community near Nutbush, Tennessee. Sonia Outlaw-Clark, Executive Director, granted us an interview about the Tina Turner Museum. History & Mission of the Tina Turner Museum The museum is housed in…

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Heritage Salon Spotlight: Tina Burnside & Coventry Cowens

Tina Burnside (left) and Coventry Cowens (right)       Photo Credit: Minneapolis Star Tribune  Two African American women have answered the call to bring more exposure to African American history in Minnesota. The boldness of these ladies to preserve the history and tell the story of African Americans in Minnesota has created a museum and…

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune

Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune as we all know was an educator, philanthropist, humanitarian and founder of Bethune Cookman University.  She raised money, motivated and inspired many students while she was alive and even today. I spent many hours in her home (Mary McLeod Bethune Foundation- National Historic Landmark) as a student…

Jocelyn Imani shares her museum journey…

“No one, no, nor no one million ones dare deny me God, I go forth along, and stand as ten thousand.” -Maya Angelou, “Our Grandmothers” I bring my whole self to work every day, but I never come alone. I bring everyone I have ever known, young people from around the globe, and all of…

Heritage Salon Spotlight: Omar Eaton-Martínez, M. Ed.

Intern & Fellows Program Manager, Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History   You have a very unique family background that was highlighted in the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Can you elaborate on your family's history and how it landed in the museum?  Before I was with the Smithsonian, I worked for…

Le Musée de f.p.c., A House Museum Honoring The Legacy of Free People of Color

Le Musée de f.p.c. located in New Orleans, Louisiana is one of only a few attractions of its kind in the United States.  I stumbled upon the museum as I was researching free people of color. I was in love from the moment I saw the first photo. The structure was distinct but everything Southern.…