5 group destinations to learn about African American history

There’s growing interest in African American heritage tours. These trips offer a way to learn about key figures in the civil rights movement and other pivotal times in Black history. Here is an overview of five destinations to consider visiting when planning a group tour.

The National Museum of African American History is located in Washington D.C.

National Museum of African American History & Culture

Address: 1400 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 20560 

For more information, visit https://nmaahc.si.edu/visit/plan.

Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site is located in Tuskegee, Alabama.

Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site

Address: 1616 Chappie James Ave., Tuskegee, Alabama 36083 

  • The public can visit the hangar museums free of charge.
  • Includes memorabilia and audio stories of the men and women who challenged military segregation.
  • Operated by the National Park Service.

For more information, visit https://www.nps.gov/tuai/planyourvisit/conditions.htm.

Nicodemus National Historic Site is located in Bogue, Kansas.

Nicodemus National Historic Site

Address: 304 Washington Ave., Bogue, Kansas 67625 

  • Mass migration led to the establishment of the town of Nicodemus, one of the earliest settlements of the Great Plains by African Americans during the postwar westward expansion.
  • No entry fee; operated by the National Park Service. 

For more information, visit https://www.nps.gov/nico/index.htm.

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center is located in Cincinnati, Ohio.

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

Address: 50 E. Freedom Way, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

  • Shows the workings of the legendary underground railroad network
  • The center has reopened with modified hours, enhanced cleaning protocols, and timed ticketing to keep capacity at or below 25%.
  • The center offers online exhibits
  • Admission to the Freedom Center is $15 for adults, $13 for seniors and $10.50 for children 3-12.

For more information, visit https://freedomcenter.org.

Birmingham Civil Rights Institute is located in Alabama.

Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

Address: Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, 520 16th St. North, Birmingham, Alabama 35203 

  • First of its kind to preserve the history and narratives of the people who fought on both sides of the civil rights movement.
  • See the cell that held Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Tickets are $15 for adults, $13 for college students and military with ID, $13 for seniors and children in fourth through 12th grades. Online ticketing and reservations required. 

For more information, visit https://www.bcri.org/visit-us/.

Museum of African-American History is located in Boston.

Museum of African-American History

Address: 46 Joy St., Boston, Massachusetts 02114 

  • Goes in-depth about Frederick Douglass and his impact. 
  • Admission is $10 for adults and $8 for youth and seniors.
  • A current display is an exhibit exploring Boston’s contribution to the jazz scene.

For more information, visit https://www.maah.org/#.

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