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Celebrate Black History Month with a visit to Dallas' African American Museum

African American Museum at Fair Park
African American Museum at Fair Park
Photo by Leslie Wagner

Every February is National African American History Month, a.k.a. Black History Month, and what better way to celebrate than with a visit to Dallas's own African American Museum. The impressive domed building which houses the Museum's exhibits sits near the main entrance to Fair Park at 3536 Grand Avenue.

One of the two museum's ongoing exhibits, "Facing the Rising Sun: Freedman's Cemetery," features photographs, documents, artifacts, and multi-media presentations depicting the earliest African American community in Dallas. The Museum's second ongoing exhibit is a culturally-rich selection of art, "Souls of Black Folk: The Billy R. Allen Folk Art Collection," which includes the work of the early folk artist Clementine Hunter and many others.

General admission to the African American Museum is free. An informative docent-guided tour is a mere $5 per person and just $3 per student. The Museum is open Tuesdays through Fridays from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. until 5 p.m., and on Sunday from Noon until 5:00 p.m.. The Museum is closed on Mondays.