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Detroit is steeped in all kinds of history, from the origins of the mass-produced automobile and historic architectural landmarks to Civil War-era forts. We also readily celebrate many heritages, including African-American traditions and legacies. There are many places to get educated, and have fun in the process.

Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
thewright.org
World's largest institution devoted to the African-American experience. (Downtown Detroit District)

Detroit Historical Museum
detroithistorical.org 
The past comes to life in Streets of Old Detroit and other exhibits. (The museum will be closed May 25-Nov. 23, 2012 for new exhibit installations.) (Downtown Detroit District)

Detroit Institute of Arts
dia.org 
GM Center for African-American Art is one of the first curatorial departments of its kind at a major museum. (Downtown Detroit District)

Second Baptist Church
secondbaptistdetroit.org
Oldest African-American church in the Midwest. Served as a stop on Underground Railroad. (Downtown Detroit District)

Shrine of the Black Madonna
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Unique cultural center and bookstore. Includes African Holocaust Museum documenting slavery and Middle Passage. (Downtown Detroit District)

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