Who says you need to wait until February to immerse yourself in African-American culture? Across the U.S. you’ll find countless districts, museums, and restaurants that pay homage to African-American history, from the time the diaspora of African slaves arrived through the Civil Rights movement and beyond. Here are 15 of our favorite destinations where you can pay homage to the impact and contributions African-Americans have made.
1. National Museum of African-American History and Culture – Washington D.C.
On September 24, 2016, then-President Barack Obama was on hand for the opening day of Washington D.C.’s National Museum of African-American History and Culture. The first African-American U.S. president said the Smithsonian museum “helps to tell a richer and fuller story of who we are.”
Visitors can peruse a wide-range of African-American artifacts, from rock ‘n’ roll crooner Chuck Berry’s Cadillac to Harriet Tubman’s prayer shawl. After a long day of exploring the close to 37,000 objects relating to the visual and performing arts, civil rights, slavery, and segregation, guests can head over to the museum’s Sweet Home Café to enjoy traditional meals of spicy oxtail and sweet potato pie.