History is like Frankenstein's monster; all it takes to make it come alive is the right education, a large body of artifacts exhumed from the earth, and an electrical storm. Learn from the past with today's Groupon: for $3, you get two tickets to the African/African-American Historical Museum.
Opened in February of 2000, the African/African-American Historical Museum aims to educate and promote understanding of the African Diaspora and its impact on American history and culture. Spanning two floors of the historic John Dixie building, the museum chronicles African-American progress from the early days of slavery to the continuing milestones of today. Along the way, all ages, colors, creeds, and extraterrestrial tourists will be treated to fascinating stories of the Underground Railroad, important inventors, civil rights activists, and local pioneers such as William E. Warfield, who published the first black newspaper in the area called the Fort Wayne Weekly Vindicator. Even more priceless are Warfield's voluminous diaries, which detail daily events in Fort Wayne from 1909 through 1936. Meanwhile, the sports archive on the second floor is designed with a miniature football field and basketball court, with pictures, artifacts, and trophies of local sports legends.
The African/African-American Historical Museum was started by teachers Hana L. Stith and Miles Edwards, who both recognized a need to preserve their local history and culture. The local artifacts, material, and history that fill the stately mansion's interior are the product of 25 years of their dedication. Regardless of the color of your skin or how neatly color-coded your internal organs are, all visitors will discover the common history and heritage that unites them at the African/African-American Historical Museum.
- For the past decade, one local institution has been working passionately to correct the oversights others have made with regard to this community and nation’s history. This year, the Fort Wayne African/African-American Historical Museum is itself making history by celebrating its 10th year of existence. Over the past decade, the museum, located at 436 E. Douglas Ave., has earned a reputation as one of the region’s best repositories of black history. – Frost Illustrated
Downtown Fort Wayne
436 E Douglas Ave.
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46802-3539Get Directions