DuSable Museum

Inspire human progress through the collection of stories that protect African American history.

Why Dusable

Oct. 14, 1973 - May 25, 2020

Rest In Peace, our Brother
Today, we have Accountability
Tomorrow, we continue the fight for Justice
Always, the People will Rise.
Artist Credit: George Floyd Tribute by Lukas Carlson

60th Anniversary Celebration!

Watch as we commemorate 60 years of telling African-American history. We reflect on the past 60 years and look forward to the future.

What's On



Freedom, Resistance, and the Journey Toward Equality

Dedicated to the thousands of unsung lives given in the name of freedom and equality. This exhibition has been designed to take visitors on a journey through the African American experience addressing several key periods throughout history that many visitors have come to anticipate being a permanent fixture within a culturally specific institution such as the DuSable Museum of African American History. Enjoy the online exhibition:

Video Voice Credit: Detrice Ward

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South Side Stories: The Art and Influence of Dr. Margaret T. Burroughs, 1960-1980

The Art and Influence of Dr. Margaret T. Burroughs, 1960–1980. This exhibition explores influential Chicago artist and cultural leader Dr. Margaret T. Burroughs’s legacy as an artist, creator, activist and institution builder.

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The Harold Washington Story

The Harold Washington Story, explores how Harold Washington became the first elected African American Mayor of Chicago in 1983 and chronicles his work as a public figure serving in the Illinois House of Representatives, the Illinois Senate, the U.S. House of Representatives, and the City of Chicago.

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The March

TIME and executive producer Viola Davis invite you to experience a groundbreaking immersive exhibit that recreates one of the most iconic moments in American history, the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. 

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Troubled Waters:
Chicago 1919 Race Riot

Chicago 1919 Race Riot focuses on the historical moment that led to the murder of Eugene Williams on July 27, 1919 and the eight-day aftermath of violence that altered the city forever.

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Fighting Racism in the Trenches: A Colored Woman in World War I

Fighting Racism in the Trenches tells the story of Kathryn Magnolia Johnson, who was among a small group of African American women who served during World War I.


Code Black Series

Clementine Hunter Collection

Pieces of Our History

The DuSable Museum's permanent collection continues to expand every day. This collection was started by Dr. Margaret Taylor Burroughs and her team and continues to broaden with present-day artists and all those in between. Allow this historical collection to unfold before your eyes at DuSable Museum of African American History.

Online Events

Conversation with Fred Hampton Jr.

Conversation with Fred Hampton Jr., Mama Akua Njeri, Attorney James D. Montgomery, Moderated by Professor Kim Delaney

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Virtual New Year’s Lounge

Celebrating Hope, Renewal, and Unity with the best entertainment Chicago has to offer featuring Vibraphonist Thaddeus Tookes,

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DuSable Museum Speaks with Jarrett Johnson and Alvin Chea

DuSable Museum Speaks with Jarrett Johnson and Alvin Chea about their Grammy-nominated a capella version of the Black

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