Visit these five historic house museums that were once home to popular Black figures

Mildred Europa Taylor Sep 10, 2020 at 02:30pm

September 10, 2020 at 02:30 pm | Opinions & Features

Mildred Europa Taylor

Mildred Europa Taylor | Head of Content

September 10, 2020 at 02:30 pm | Opinions & Features

Cedar Hill, the former home of Frederick Douglass, is now a National Historic Site. Photos: Wikipedia/Library of America

No one can talk about the rich history and culture of African Americans without mentioning these historic house museums that trace the memory of the prominent Black figures who once lived there.

Also known as ‘memory museums’, they were largely built around the outstanding Black individuals who lived there — these could be abolitionists, civil rights activists, inventors, musicians, poets, educators, activists, and more. These African-American personalities made history and significant contributions even in the midst of people and societies that discriminated against them.

Essentially, you should visit the following historic house museums if you want to know how your favorite Black history heroes lived or the stories of the particular areas they called home:

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