DuSable Museum

Nation's Oldest Independent African American Museum Celebrating 61 Years

Why Dusable

Congratulations to Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson

The DuSable Museum of African American History congratulates Judge Ketanji Brown-Jackson
The first Black woman to be confirmed as a
United States Supreme Court Justice

This is not only a groundbreaking, historic moment for the nation and one of immense pride for Black Americans, but indeed for all women and every American who believes in justice, democracy, and our progress towards a more perfect union.


We look forward to your visit to the DuSable Museum of African American History! The health and safety of our visitors, staff and volunteers is our top priority. Effective immediately all visitors ages five and up will be required to wear masks upon entrance into the Museum.

What's On




A joint feature film project by Stelo Stories Studio and the DuSable Museum of African American History.

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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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Say their names. Know their stories. Who are the men, women and children whose cases were re-examined under the Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crime Act? In the Un(re)solved installation, explore a living quilt and use augmented reality to bring to life the stories woven throughout. Learn about a federal effort to grapple with America’s legacy of racist killings.


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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Freedom: Origin and Journey

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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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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Code Black Series


Pieces of 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 the DuSable Museum of African American History.


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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In Our Mothers’ Gardens

Dr. Kim Dulaney: Director of Education, DuSable Museum of African American History - Moderator   SHANTRELLE P.

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The Black Maternal Health Crisis Series: The Impact of Medical Racism

the DuSable Museum of African American History, Center for Health Equity Transformation, The Congressional Caucus On Black

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