Black Museums Worth A Summer Visit

Across the country, more museums are focusing on African American culture. The National Voting Rights Museum (1012 Water Ave., Selma, AL; 334418-0800) pays homage to the struggle for voting rights by blacks and women in the U.S. The museum is divided into variously themed rooms, such as the Memorial Room, which honors those who lost their lives in the voting struggle; the “I Was There” wall, which features narratives of those who participated in Bloody Sunday; and the Suffrage Room, which recalls the voting rights struggle of women. The museum debuted in 1993 and is open Tuesday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; and Sunday by appointment. Admission is $4 for adults, $2 for students.

From the late 19th century to the 1940s, black baseball players were not allowed to play in organized baseball with white players. Instead they built the Negro Leagues, which at one point had more than 2,600 athletes. The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum (1616 E. 18th St., Kansas City, MO; 888-221-6526) tells the athletes’ history. Launched in 1990, the museum moved to larger facilities in November 1997. It features photos, memorabilia, narratives and exhibits, which change periodically. Admission is $6 for adults, $2.50 for children ages five to 12.

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