With fairly limited time, the main agenda was to check out the temporary exhibit, Think: A Tribute to the Queen of Soul, but so much more was received from this visit (first time) to the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History .
Think: A Tribute to the Queen of Soul
September 25, 2018 - January 21, 2019
Not a huge exhibit, but packed with photos and videos which gave honor and much R-E-S-P-E-C-T to her life and works. For those who may not know, her public viewing was held at this museum and there is a video showing in loop. Videos of various interviews, performances are within the exhibit also. Aretha Franklin, The Queen of Soul may she have continued rest...
Oh, You Fancy! Black Hair & Fashion
June 29, 2018 – January 16 2019
Hair: The history and evolution of Black hair including (as they say) "fried, dyed and laid to the side". LOL The exhibit consisted of photographs, hair sculptures and videos portraying cultural and trendsetting styles thru the years.
Fashion: The works of several African-American designers were showcased, from High Fashion to Menswear. My "are you kidding me" moment was learning that the wedding gown of Jacqueline Bouvier in her wedding to John F. Kennedy was designed by a black woman, Alabama native, Ann Lowe who received NO public recognition or credit for her work during her lifetime.
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Jackie Kennedy's Wedding Dress
Fashion Designer, Ann Lowe
And Still We Rise: Our Journey Through African American History and Culture
The most pivotal exhibit at the museum! Here, you are taken on a remarkable journey. The beginning of life in Africa, to slavery, to freedom, to present-day which focused on Detroit's history and legacy. I don't want to give any detail away because I believe THIS must be experienced to have an impact. There were many instances I just wasn't 'ready for'.
We didn't have time to cover every square foot, but what we did see was outstanding! The museum is breathtakingly beautiful, spacious and inviting! The exhibits were wonderful, powerful, enlightening and educational! One could easily spend an entire day absorbing it all.
General Tour Info: Visiting The Museum