The Midwest

                                                                           Illinois

 

  1.  Du Sable Marker, Du Sable Cabin Replica, DuSable Museum or African-American history and Art, Chicago

-Founded in 1961 by teacher and art historian Dr. Margaret Burroughs and other leading Chicago citizens.

Address: 740 East 56th Place Chicago, IL 60637-1495

Phone Number: 773-947-0600

Website: www.dusablemuseum.org

 

Indiana

 

  2.  Levi Coffin House, Fountain City

-A part of the legendary Underground Railroad for fleeing slaves of pre-Civil War days.

                                      Address: 113 North US Highway 27 Fountain City, IN 47341

                                                          Phone Number: 765-847-2432

                                                             Website: www.waynet.org

  

3.  Freetown Village of the Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis

-The town of Freetown Village is a symbolic community representing many of the predominantly African American settlements scattered throughout Indiana during the post-Civil War years.

Address: 625 Indiana Avenue, Suite 200 Indianapolis IN 46202

Phone Number: 317-631-1870

Website: www.freetown.org

 

4.  Madame Walker Urban Life Center, Indianapolis

-Was the center of entertainment, business and pride for the city’s African-American community from the 1920s to the 1950’s.

Address: 617 Indiana Avenue Indianapolis, IN 46202

Phone Number: 317-236-2099

Website: www.walkertheatre.com

 

Iowa

  5.  Fort Des Moines, Des Moines

-The U.S. Army's first officer candidate class for African American men in 1917, and the establishment of the first Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC's) in 1942.

Address: 75 East Army Post Road Des Moines, Iowa 50315

Phone Number: 515-282-8060

Website: www.fortdesmoines.org


Michigan

 

  6.  Sojourner Truth Memorial, Battle Creek

-Sojourner Truth was perhaps the most famous African-American woman in 19th century America. For over forty years she traveled the country as a forceful and passionate advocate for the dispossessed, using her quick wit and fearless tongue to fight for human rights.

Address: 165 North Washington Battle Creek, Michigan  49017

Phone Number: 269-965-2613

Website: www.sojournertruth.org

 

7.  Dr. Ossian Sweet House, Detroit

- The home of black physician Ossian Sweet became the site of a racial incident that resulted in a nationally publicized murder trial.

Address: 111 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL

Phone Number: 312-443-3600

Website: www.detroit1701.org

 

8.  Motown Museum, Detroit

- Founded in 1985 by Esther Gordy Edwards, the Museum's mission is to preserve the legacy of Motown Record Corporation and to educate and motivate people.

Address: 2648 W Grand Blvd Detroit, Michigan 48208

Phone Number: 313-875-2264

Website: www.motownmuseum.com

 

9.  Museum of African American History, Detroit

- The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History is the world's largest institution dedicated to the African American experience.

Address: 315 East Warren Avenue Detroit, MI 48201-1443

Phone Number: 313-494-5800

Website: www.thewright.org

 

10.  National Museum of Tuskegee Airmen, Detroit

- The Tuskegee Airmen were dedicated, determined young men who enlisted to become America's first black military airmen, at a time when there were many people who thought that black men lacked intelligence, skill, courage and patriotism.

Address: 6325 West Jefferson Avenue, Detroit, MI

Phone Number: 313-843-8849

Website: www.tuskegeeairmenmuseum.com

 

 Minnesota

 

  11.  Fort Snelling State Historical Park, Minneapolis-St. Paul

- For hundreds of years before Europeans arrived, generations of Dakota people lived in villages along the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers that meet in Fort Snelling State Park.

Address: 101 Snelling Lake Road St. Paul, MN 55111

Phone Number: 612-725-2389

Website: www.dnr.state.mn.us

 

Ohio

 

12.  Stowe House, Cincinnati

- The Beechers and Stowes were some of the most well-known families of the 19th century and were involved in important social movements of their day.

Address: 2950 Gilbert Avenue Cincinnati, OH 45206

Phone Number: 513-751-0651

Website: www. stowehousecincy.org

 

13.  Taft Museum, Cincinnati

-Is the oldest domestic wooden structure in situ locally and is considered one of the finest examples of Federal architecture in the Palladian style in the country.

Address: 316 Pike Street Cincinnati, OH 45202-4214

Phone Number: 513-241-0343

Website: www.taftmuseum.org

 

14.  African American Museum, Cleveland

-The African American Museum is a place of learning and a place of experiencing African American culture in the heart of Cleveland.

Address: 1765 Crawford Ave.--Cleveland, OH 44106

Phone Number: 216-791-1700

Website: www.aamcleveland.org

 

15.  Karamu House, Cleveland

- With foresight and vision, Russell Jelliffe and Rowena Woodham set out to establish a common ground where people of different races, religions, social and economic backgrounds could come together to seek and share common ventures.

Address: 2355 E. 89th Street Cleveland, Ohio 44106

Phone Number: 216-795-7070

 

16.  Paul Laurence Dunbar House, Dayton

-Paul Laurence Dunbar was the first African-American to gain national eminence as a poet.

Address: 219 North Paul Laurence Dunbar Street Dayton, OH 45402-6502

Phone Number: 937-224-7061

Website: www.dunbarsite.org

 

17.  Rankin House, Ripley

- The Rankin House, located on Liberty Hill which overlooks the Ohio River and Ripley, is one of the better known sites which assisted in the Underground Railroad efforts. Built in 1828.

Address: 6152 Rankin Road Ripley, OH 45167

Phone Number: 937-392-1627

Website: www.ripleyohio.net

 

18.  Wyandotte Indian Missionary Church, Upper Sandusky

- The church was built in 1824, under the supervision of the Rev. James B. Finley.

Address: 200 E Church Upper Sandusky, OH 43351

Phone Number: 419-294-4841

Website: www.wyandotte-nation.org

 

19. National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center, Wilberforce University, Col. Charles Young House, Wilberforce

-This museum aims to educate the public about African American history and culture from African origins to the present through a variety of programs.

Address: 1350 Brush Row Road Wilberforce, OH 45384

Phone Number: 937-376-4944

Website: ohsweb.ohiohistory.org

 

20. Under Ground Railroad, Cincinnati

-During the 1800s, estimates suggest that more than 100,000 enslaved people sought freedom through the Underground Railroad.

Address: 50 East Freedom Way, Cincinnati, OH

Phone Number: 513-333-7500

Website: www.freedomcenter.org

 

                                                                            Wisconsin

 

21.  Tallman Restorations, Milton House, Janesville-Milton

-The Milton House is the first poured grout building in the United States and Wisconsin's only documented Underground Railroad site.

Address: Post Office Box 650 Janesville, WI 53547-0650

Phone Number: 608-757-1039

Website: www.jeffrisfoundation.org

 

22.  Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison

-Educates and Teaches you about Wisconsin History

Address: 816 State Street Madison WI 53706

Phone Number: 608-264-6400

Website: www.wisconsinhistory.org