Travellers who are looking for the best places to experience the African-American history and culture can head to the following places in the USA.
Whitney Plantation in Wallace, Louisiana
Visit the Whitney Plantation in Wallace, which is located in the US state of Louisiana. The Whitney Plantation offers visitors a unique chance to stroll across the very fields which used to be looked after by slaves at one point in history. The exhibits and displays at the plantation offer visitors a historical insight into the period when slavery was prevalent in the country. Visitors can also opt for guided tours that take them across memorials and slave cabins.
St. Philips Moravian Church
Another great place to unravel African American history and culture is the St. Philips Moravian Church located at Winston-Salem in the state of North Carolina. The church is considered to be one of the oldest standing churches of African-American heritage across North Carolina and was built in 1861. Explore the church, which is located besides the 1823 log church and features exhibits reflecting the African-American heritage within the Moravian community.
Alex Haley Museum & Interpretive Center
Visit the Alex Haley Museum & Interpretive Center, located in Henning in Tennessee. The museum is actually the boyhood home of the renowned African American author Alex Haley. Haley is credited with authoring the landmark novel ‘Roots: The Saga of an American Family’, which was also made into a TV miniseries. Haley is buried in the grounds of the house. Travellers can explore the interiors of the house, which has been restored to its 1921 look when the author was born, and go through the displays of Haley’s work and childhood memorabilia.
DuSable Museum of African American History
The DuSable Museum of African American History is located in Chicago. It is considered one of the best museums to explore African American heritage across the US. The museum came into existence in 1957. Don’t forget to take a look at the displays here, including permanent exhibits like Red, White, Blue & Black: A History of Blacks in the Armed Services.
Phillip Simmons Gardens
Visit this interesting garden, the Phillip Simmons Gardens, which has been built in the memory of the legendary African American artisan, blacksmith and ironwork giant Phillip Simmons. This public park still contains fences and gates that were built by him and even showcases a bell that was a part of his workshop for over 50 years. Simmons is remembered for his contributions to the black history.