The DuSable Museum of African American History

Upcoming Exhibits

The Substance of Things Hoped for: the Complicated and Inspired History Behind the 13th Amendment

Opens February 1, 2015

The Substance of Things Hoped for is part of a statewide commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the 13th Amendment that includes a display on view at the DuSable Museum February, 1– 28.

Freedom, Resistance and the Journey Towards Equality

Opens June 5, 2015

One of our largest permanent installations ever highlighting a chronological interpretation of the African Diaspora

African Art in African American Collections

Opens September 25, 2015

Collaboration forged with the singular purpose; to provide essential commentary on African art from an African American perspective.

Come Sunday Morning: Negro League Baseball

Opens March 4, 2016

As early as the 1880s African Americans played baseball on military teams college teams and company teams.

Going to Chicago: The Lasting Impact of The Great Migration

Opens June 3, 2016

2015 marks the 75th anniversary of the beginning of the Second Great Migration.

This is My Century: The Life and Legacy of Margaret Walker

Opens November 18, 2016

Celebrates the centennial of Margaret Walker Alexander’s birth by highlighting pivotal moments in African-American history and culture in the 20th Century.

Through the Lens of History: Ernest Withers Photography

Opens February 3, 2017

If you’ve ever seen images of the Civil Rights movement, chances are you’ve seen the photography of Ernest Withers. If you’ve ever seen pictures of Negro League Baseball, chances are it was a Withers’ image.


Opens June 1, 2017

Afrofuturism is an emergent literary and cultural aesthetic that combines elements of science fiction, historical fiction, fantasy, Afrocentricity, and magic realism with non-Western cosmologies in order to critique not only the present-day dilemmas of people of color, but also to revise, interrogate, and re-examine the historical events of the past.

Stories from the Southside: Chicago Art of the 1960s and 70s

Opens May 4, 2018

The University of Chicago’s Smart Museum of Art and the DuSable Museum of African American History are in the early stages of co-developing an exhibition to explore the vibrant cultures of Chicago’s South Side during the 1960s and 1970s.

Africans in India

Opens June 1, 2018

Over the centuries, East Africans have greatly distinguished themselves in India as generals, commanders, admirals, architects, prime ministers, and rulers. They have written a story unparalleled in the rest of the world: that of enslaved Africans attaining the pinnacle of military and political authority.