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10 Travel Destinations to Celebrate Black History

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National Museum of African American History & Culture Photo Credit: Douglas Remley (Smithsonian)


It’s February so that means we are celebrating Black History Month. In honor of celebrating black history, black excellence, and black achievement here is a list of 10 black history montht travel destinations to celebrate black history year this month and year round.

1. Washington, D.C.

NMAAHC  (National Museum of African American History and Culture) – The National Museum of African American History and Culture is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. To date, the Museum has collected more than 36,000 artifacts and nearly 100,000 individuals have become charter members.  Though admission is free, you’ll need to plan your visit in advance to get passes for a designated time to visit.

2. Atlanta, GA

Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site – There are so many neat things to see at the MLK National Historic Site.  My son really enjoyed seeing the relics in the King Center.

Center for Civil and Human Rights  –  Educating visitors on the bridge between the American Civil Rights Movement and the contemporary struggle for Human Rights around the world. The museum features the King Jr. Collection and more exhibits on global and American civil rights.

3. Cincinnati, OH

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center – The mission of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center is to reveal stories of freedom’s heroes, from the era of the Underground Railroad to contemporary times, challenging and inspiring everyone to take courageous steps of freedom today. It serves to inspire modern abolition through connecting the lessons of the Underground Railroad with today’s freedom fighters.

4. San Diego, CA

African Museum Casa del Ray Moro – This is a very unique museum in the heart of San Diego’s historic old town. They showcase ancient, colonial, and contemporary periods of African History, on the African continent and throughout the African Diaspora. There is also a special focus on  African-Spanish, African-Mexican, and African-American heritage.

5. Savannah, GA

Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum– Set in the original site of one of the first black owned banks in Georgia, the museum chronicles the civil rights struggle of Georgia’s oldest African-American community from slavery to the present. Three floors of historic photographic and interactive exhibits provide a glimpse of what life was like during the civil rights struggle in Savannah and in Georgia. My son and I visited on a trip to Savannah/Tybee Island.

Pinpoint Heritage Museum in Savannah,GA – For nearly one hundred years, Pin Point was isolated and self-sustained, a Gullah/Geechee enclave founded by first-generation freedmen where life was deeply connected to the water. Today, the factory has been reopened as Pin Point Heritage Museum, celebrating the life, work and history of this Gullah/Geechee community that calls Pin Point home.

7. Hilton Head Island, SC

Gullah Heritage Trail Tour in Hilton Head Island, SC – Fourth generation Gullah family members bring history to life with this fascinating tour through traditional Gullah neighborhoods and ‘off the beaten path’ historic sites. During the month of February there is also a Gullah Celebration with various events throughout the month.

8. Philadelphia, PA

African American Museum – The African American Museum in Philadelphia is the first institution built by a major United States city to house and interpret the life and work of African Americans. AAMP’s exhibitions promote their mission to interpret art, history and culture. They inspire, educate, promote dialogue, and bring together community.

9. Macon, GA

Tubman Museum – The Tubman Museum is one of the largest museum in the nation dedicated to educating people about the Art, History and Culture of African Americans.

10. St. Augustine, FL

Fort Mose State Park –  Interactive museum that tells the complete story of the first legally sanctioned free African settlement in what would become the United States. Although there are no remains of the earth and wooden structures, visitors can still view the land where the settlement once stood. In the summer months there is a reenactment of the Battle of Bloody Mose.

While Black History Month is a great time to reflect on the accomplishments from the past and present, it can and should be celebrated year round. I hope you’ll make it a point to learn a little bit more about black achievement and black contributions to the world.

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Have you visited any of these?  Are any of them on your list?  If you have a suggestion of a place to visit please tell us in the comments below!

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    February 3, 2017 at 8:41 pm

    This is awesome! I am gonna add this to my roundup post I did!

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      February 3, 2017 at 8:51 pm

      Awesome!! Thank you Kenya. Please do.

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    February 3, 2017 at 9:04 pm

    One word! Retweet! #1 on your list is my personal #1.

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      February 3, 2017 at 9:06 pm

      Thanks Danika. I think right now #1 on the list is everybody’s #1. Getting those passes for a time slot is no joke. LOL

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    Tia | Pennies In My Pocket
    February 3, 2017 at 9:42 pm

    I see I still have some exploring to do. I definitely want to be more informed about my history. Thanks for sharing.

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      February 3, 2017 at 9:46 pm

      Have you been to any of these already Tia?

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    Marquita Polite
    February 4, 2017 at 6:26 am

    The National Civil Rights Museum and Stax Museum of American Soul Music. Both are awesome and in Memphis, TN. For sure the National Civil Rights Museum it’s on the property where MLK was assassinated.

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      February 4, 2017 at 11:18 am

      Thanks Marquita. I hadn’t heard of the Stax Museum.

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    LaShon Renee
    February 6, 2017 at 12:39 am

    I haven’t visited any of these museums. There’s the CA African American Museum in Los Angeles which I plan to visit this month.

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      February 6, 2017 at 11:54 pm

      Awesome. Thanks LaShon for sharing another museum.

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    February 7, 2017 at 9:18 am

    I love this. I’m ashamed to say I’ve never been to an African American History Museum. Never thought to go to one during black history month. It might be a tradition I need to start now.

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      February 7, 2017 at 9:31 am

      There’s no time like the present to start Terri. I’m sure you will enjoy your experience wherever you decide to go.

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    Melanie Edwards
    February 7, 2017 at 11:09 am

    Will definitely have to get started on this list with a trip to St. Augustine!

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    Amber Ferguson
    February 16, 2017 at 9:54 am

    Lauren this is such a great post. Are you a HuffPost blogger? I think you should be one. These types of posts do well.

    • Reply
      February 16, 2017 at 11:29 am

      Thanks so much Amber. I am a HuffPo blogger. I don’t know why I didn’t think of submitting this one. I’ll work on that.

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