DuSable Museum of African American History

Located in Washington Park of the historic Hyde Park area of Chicago, the DuSable Museum of African American History is one of the few independent institutions of its kind in the United States.  It is named in honor of Jean-Baptist Point DuSable, a Haitian fur trader of African and French descent, who, in 1779, established a commerce post and permanent settlement which developed into Chicago.  The museum, which is Chicago’s primary memorial to DuSable, has as its mission, as per its website, “to promote understanding and inspire appreciation of the achievements, contributions, and experiences of African Americans through exhibits, programs, and activities that illustrate African and African American history, culture and art.”

The DuSable Museum was created to preserve, interpret and promote diverse aspects of people of the Africa Diaspora and is, as stated on the Choose Chicago website, “dedicated is to the collection, documentation, preservation and study of the history and culture of Africans and African Americans.”  It is presently an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution.