SoulOfAmerica.com Names the Top Museum Alternatives to the National Museum of African American History and Culture

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SoulOfAmerica.com has announced a listing of the best African American Museums in America. The list is a good resource for those who can't make it to Washington, D.C. to see the Smithsonian's new National Museum of African American History and Culture.

"Almost two dozen provocative museums across the country can immerse visitors in African American history and culture," said SoulOfAmerica.com CEO Thomas Dorsey, who has visited all but a few.

As the nation celebrates the National Museum of African American History and Culture, award-winning SoulOfAmerica.com has announced a list of other outstanding museums that document the black experience in America.

"The National Museum of African American History and Culture is magnificent, but many don't have the money or the vacation time to visit Washington, D.C.," said Thomas Dorsey, Founder and CEO of SoulOfAmerica.com. "Luckily, almost two dozen provocative museums across the country can immerse visitors in African American history and culture." Dorsey's has been to all but a few. Two examples from the list are:

The National Civil Rights Museum, Memphis, Tenn.
http://www.civilrightsmuseum.org/
The museum complex includes the Lorraine Motel, where Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968. As part of the moving "Culture of Resistance" exhibit, the museum displays the undisturbed rooms of 306 and 307, which were occupied by Dr. King and his colleagues in his final hours. Also feature is the original Walgreen's lunch counter from the first national sit-in on February 1, 1960 in Greensboro, North Carolina.

"Purchased Lives: The American Slave Trade from 1808 to 1865" illustrates the cruel and complex institution of slavery. Through images, ship manifests, oral history recordings and interactive displays, the exhibit depicts the travesty of an economic system that ravaged more than two million lives.

The DuSable Museum of African American History; Chicago, Ill.
http://www.soulofamerica.com/us-cities/chicago/chicago-cultural-sites/dusable-museum-african-american-history/
The museum's "Freedom, Resistance and Journey toward Equality" exhibit displays artifacts, art, videos and images representing two centuries of black history. It includes a reproduction of the hold of a slave ship, a bureau that belonged to celebrated anti-lynching activist Ida B. Wells, a replica of a Pullman Porter sleeping car and the Chicago Black Panther Office front door, emblazoned with black power logos. Other galleries brim with art from such noted artists as Romare Bearden and Henry O'Tanner.

SoulOfAmerica.com's listing (http://www.soulofamerica.com/blog/top-black-museums/) also includes the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum in Houston, the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco and the National Great Blacks in Wax Museum in Baltimore (the most visited of all black history and culture museums). And the website has an overview page (http://www.soulofamerica.com/us-cities/washington-dc/washington-dc-cultural-sites/national-museum-african-history-culture/) with general information for the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

About SoulOfAmerica.com
SoulOfAmerica.com is the web's most curated, comprehensive and trusted site for black travel, offering more than 30,000 pages of content and 26,000 photos. With travel narratives of the black history and culture around the globe, the website is a great resource for students, educators and researchers. SoulofAmerica.com was founded in 1997.

(Editor's Note: SoulOfAmerica.com CEO Thomas Dorsey is available for interviews at 310-214-8554)

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