Freedom’s Journey

The DuSable Museum of African American History invites all community members to come to the museum to explore and to share their memories and family stories in our Freedom’s Journey exhibition, located in Studio B. Additionally, you can be a part of history by visiting, uploading video and audio recordings, family photos, letters and other ephemera you would like to share. It is our hope that through connecting each of our individual stories to our shared history, all of us can better understand the issues that have shaped the lives and experiences of people of African descent in the United States.

As long as we have been in the United States, we have sought first and foremost to assert our agency. There can be no freedom without the ability to determine the course of one’s own life. Likewise, there can be no freedom when you are unable to move freely, or to freely establish your own families. Our history is the collection of our personal experiences as well as the stories that have been passed down to us. More than the places we come from, we are an assemblage of the experiences of generations passed. Ours is a story of perseverance in the face of enormous odds; a constant struggle for progress and a persistent refusal to be moved backwards. Our resistance and our freedom endows us with the ability to affect change in our lives, our communities and our world. Our history is full of countless stories of both men and women who changed the world for the better: educators and scholars, doctors and scientists, religious and political leaders, athletes and activists. Now, it is our turn. in the exhibition are paintings by Henry Ossawa Tanner, William A. Harper, William Edouard Scott and Archibald Motley, Jr., among others. This unique, diverse and beautiful collection of work is the first in a series which will allow visitors to engage with the DuSable Museum’s world-class Fine Arts Collection.