A visit to any of these places will enrich your understanding of racial relations in America.

Looking for a great way to celebrate Black History Month in February? These five sites are all committed to preserving African American culture and history while uplifting the little-known or forgotten contributions of African Americans. A visit to any of these locations will enrich your understanding of racial relations in America and inspire you to educate yourself on significant moments in history. 

*Due to COVID, the following locations may be closed or have limited in-person attendance. Please visit each location's website prior to planning your trip.*

National Museum of African American History and Culture | Washington, D.C.

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The National Museum of African American History and Culture opened its doors in September of 2016. It is the latest museum of the Smithosianan Institution and is solely dedicated to African American life, culture, and history. The museum is not currently open, however, you can experience the exhibitions virtually through online collections and more. To plan your visit, click here.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial | Washington, D.C.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial is located in downtown Washington, D.C.—about four minutes away from the Lincoln Memorial where Dr. King delivered the infamous "I Have a Dream" speech in 1963. This monument honors Dr. King's legacy and advocacy for racial equality and justice. Click here to plan your visit. 

Kunta Kinte | Alex Haley Memorial | Annapolis, MD 

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At the city dock in downtown historic Annapolis, Maryland, you'll find the Kunta Kinte — Alex Haley Memorial. The location of the memorial marks the arrival of Kunta Kinte, the ancestor of author Alex Haley. Haley is celebrated for his famed and Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, Roots: The Saga of an American Familylater adapted into a television miniseries that journies the life of Kunta Kinte's arrival to the new world. The monument also ennobles the preservation of African heritage and family history. 

Reginald F. Lewis Museum | Baltimore, MD

The Reginald F. Lewis Museum, named after the American businessman and philanthropist, is the largest African American museum in Maryland. This museum has celebrated African American culture and history since its opening in 2005. In partnership with the Maryland State Department of Education, this organization offers educational programming for adults and children. On any given week, you can attend workshops, film screenings, and musical events in the two-story theatre. This museum is the epitome of a cultural experience that includes its community at large. To plan your trip visit here

The National Great Blacks in Wax Museum | Baltimore, MD

Blacks in Wax Museum
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The National Great Blacks in Wax Museum is both harrowing and triumphant. There are over 100 wax figures that simulate real-life interactions of the Middle Passage, Colonial period, the Underground Railroad, and more. There are also exhibits dedicated to youth making history, a Maryland room acknowledging the contributions of Marylanders to African American history, and an auditorium for lectures and films. Click here to plan your visit. 

If you've visited any of these locations, tell us what the experience meant for you! And if you have some more sites to add to the list, please share and spread the news. Happy Black History Month!