Leaders of African American Museums in Chicago Urge City to Support Black House Museums

The Woodlawn house of Emmett and Mamie Till, 6427 S. St. Lawrence Ave., on Jan. 27, 2021. (Brian Cassella / Chicago Tribune)

Founders and leaders of African American museums in Chicago are coming together to urge the city’s residents to support Black house museums during Black History Month, The Associated Press reports.

Black History Month, which was founded by the Association for the Study of African American History founder Carter G. Woodson, takes place in February.

Members of the Coalition of Black House museums said Thursday that Chicago is full of places that celebrate and preserve African American stories, including the A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum, the Elijah Muhammad House, the Emmett and Mamie Till-Mobley House Museum and the Muddy Waters Original Jam Out Museum.

Lyn Hughes, founder of the A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum, said that this kind of preserved African American culture “is that glue that has held the Black community together for hundreds of year.”

“The authentic interpretation of our culture is critical,” Hughes added in regard to the importance of Black museums.

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SOURCE: The Hill, Chloe Folmar