Celebrate African American History in Atlanta
There are so many ways to learn about the heritage and contributions of African Americans in Atlanta. Make sure to also check out places to road trip to learn about black history.
Managed by the National Park Service, visit Martin Luther King Jr.’s birth home, church and tomb to learn more about his life and legacy.
Named for the “African-American Panoramic Experience,” this museum features exhibits such as “Women in STEM,” “Africa the Untold Story,” “Sweet Auburn Street of Pride” and more. View more than 6,000 years of the cultural history of Africa, while kids 6 and younger will enjoy special storytelling events.
This center connects the American Civil Rights Movement to today’s Global Human Rights Movements with images, artifacts and storytelling.
With “Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow,” view art, historical artifacts, photographs and media pieces that illustrate the African American struggle for full citizenship and racial equality that unfolded in the 50 years following the Civil War.
This museum was the residence of Alonzo Herndon, a former slave owner who founded what would become the Atlanta Life Insurance Company, and his legacy changed the black middle class in America.
Established by Coretta Scott King in 1968, The Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change preserves Dr. King’s legacy, as you can view exhibits on him, Coretta Scott King and Mahatma Gandhi.
The school began gathering art pieces in 1942, when exhibition opportunities for African American artists were limited due to segregation. Juried exhibitions have presented more than 900 artists from across the country, and related programs teach and stimulate interest in African American art.
This National Historic Landmark includes a group of the country’s major higher education institutions for African Americans: Atlanta University, Clark, Morehouse, Morris Brown and Spelman Colleges, and the Interdenominational Theological Center.