Celebrate Black History

Special Event at Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation®

  • February 1-2, 5-9, 12-16, 19-23, 26-29, 2020
  • Time: 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Free with Museum admission.

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What is the future you want to create? At Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation, Black History Month is a time to celebrate, examine and witness the past as a community, reflecting on the impact our actions have today and for the future. Freedom marches, brave risks, painful endurance and brilliant ideas are all inspiration for the next generation.  

Step into the acclaimed Minds on Freedom musical and dramatic performance and protest inequality just as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks and other civil rights champions did. Get a deeper experience in the museum as we guide you through the contributions of African-American innovators past and present. Stand in the presence of the powerful Sojourner Truth, who asked "Ain’t I a Woman?" and stood up for women and black people, despite enormous resistance. Get to know Elijah McCoy, an accomplished inventor with 57 original patents, and learn about the lasting legacy George Washington Carver left at the Tuskegee Institute. 

Throughout the month, we delve into African-American history through interactive presentations, music and food. From the northern migration and the beginnings of jazz to the civil rights movement and today, explore familiar stories and discover stories new to you. 


Featured Activities:

Experiment with History Green Book: Crowdsourcing Safe Travel in the 1940s
Step into the 1940s and plan a road trip from Detroit to Chicago. Learn what precautions a family of color made to avoid discrimination. From packing lunches and bed rolls, gather knowledge of helpful and welcoming stops along your route, explore the Green Book.

Experiment with History from the Ground Up: Farming for Nutrition
Explore how innovative agriculture shaped American diets for increased nutrition and to prevent disease. Try your hand a growing an alternative protein.

Make Something Saturdays
Explore the many uses of Soy, an alternative protein, promoted by George Washington Carver. Use your scientific skills to make a homemade crayon from natural pigments.

History Outside the Box
Explore primary sources that document African American farm families’ experiences between the 1860s and 1960s. The legal documents, photographic prints, and published material document daily routines as well as politicized actions as 4 million Americans gained freedom and built their lives despite overt and persistent racism and sexism.

Curator Conversation
Join Deb Reid, Curator of Agriculture and the Environment, in an exploration of artifacts showcasing Carver’s innovative teaching strategies to empower southern black farmers.

 

Musical and Dramatic Performances:

“Minds on Freedom”
Explore and experience the civil rights movement through empowering songs, speeches and images in this 30-minute musical and dramatic presentation.

“Ain’t I a Woman: Meet Sojourner Truth”
Meet the woman who demanded both equal rights for all women and for all blacks at a time when both were little more than a dream.

North Star Gospel Chorale
Music performed by North Star Gospel Choral with narration by Anthony Lucas.

The Hamilton Duo
Music performed by Ernestine & Dave Hamilton

Drama: Elijah: The Real McCoy
Learn about fascinating inventor Elijah McCoy in this 15-minute dramatization. His most important inventions were the automatic lubricating cup in 1872 that revolutionized the industrial machine industry and the graphite lubricator in 1915. Your imagination will travel through eight decades as you discover why his life and work remain an inspiration to this day, and how one of his 57 patents got trains into the station ahead of time.

Ticket Prices

Parking is $6 per vehicle for non-members; free for members.

Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation

    Member Non­member
Senior (62+) Free $22.50
General Admission (12-61) Free $25.00
Youth (5-11) Free $18.75
Children (4 & Under) Free Free

* Ticket prices are subject to change.

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Experiment with History

January 6, 2020 - March 27, 2020 (Daily) | 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Investigate STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics) through the eyes of past innovators with hands-on activities.

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Experiment with History

January 6, 2020 - March 27, 2020 (Daily) | 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Investigate STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics) through the eyes of past innovators with hands-on activities.
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Make Something Saturdays

September 7, 2019 - May 16, 2020 (Saturdays) | 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Learn firsthand how the American spirit of innovation and ingenuity is alive and well today. Try your hand at something new, something different. The activities change month to month. Hands-on. How-to, DIY, science and more!

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Make Something Saturdays

September 7, 2019 - May 16, 2020 (Saturdays) | 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Learn firsthand how the American spirit of innovation and ingenuity is alive and well today. Try your hand at something new, something different. The activities change month to month. Hands-on. How-to, DIY, science and more!
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History Outside the Box

March 6, March 20, April 3, May 1

The Historical Resources staff will conduct a Show & Tell on their favorite collection materials the first Friday of every month.

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History Outside the Box

March 6, March 20, April 3, May 1

The Historical Resources staff will conduct a Show & Tell on their favorite collection materials the first Friday of every month.
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Minds on Freedom - Civil Rights Movement

February 1 & 2, 5-9, 12-16, 19- 23, 26-29 (Wednesday - Sunday) | Wednesday - Friday: 11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., & 1:00 p.m.; Saturday - Sunday: 12:00 p.m., 1:30 p.m., & 2:30 p.m.

Explore and experience the civil rights movement through empowering songs, speeches and images in this 30-minute musical and dramatic presentation.

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Minds on Freedom - Civil Rights Movement

February 1 & 2, 5-9, 12-16, 19- 23, 26-29 (Wednesday - Sunday) | Wednesday - Friday: 11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., & 1:00 p.m.; Saturday - Sunday: 12:00 p.m., 1:30 p.m., & 2:30 p.m.

Explore and experience the civil rights movement through empowering songs, speeches and images in this 30-minute musical and dramatic presentation.
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"Ain't I a Woman: Meet Sojourner Truth"

February 8 & 9, 2020 | 11:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m., & 2:00 p.m.

Join us for a musical presentation by The North Star Gospel Chorale and a dramatic performance of “Ain’t I a Woman: Meet Sojourner Truth.”

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"Ain't I a Woman: Meet Sojourner Truth"

February 8 & 9, 2020 | 11:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m., & 2:00 p.m.

Join us for a musical presentation by The North Star Gospel Chorale and a dramatic performance of “Ain’t I a Woman: Meet Sojourner Truth.”
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North Star Gospel Chorale

February 8 & 9, 2020 | 12:00 p.m., 1:30 p.m, & 2:30 p.m.

Enjoy musical, dramatic and interactive performances that will honor a particular era in African-American history. Music by The North Star Gospel Chorale.

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North Star Gospel Chorale

February 8 & 9, 2020 | 12:00 p.m., 1:30 p.m, & 2:30 p.m.

Enjoy musical, dramatic and interactive performances that will honor a particular era in African-American history. Music by The North Star Gospel Chorale.
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