Celebrate Black History

Special Event at Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation®

  • February 1-28, 2021
  • Time: 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Free with Museum admission.

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Join us at Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation (or from home!) during Black History Month to reflect on the past, the present and the promise of a better future. Freedom marches, brave risks and painful endurance have always occurred alongside brilliant ideas and important contributions to our shared American history.

African American history is more than a month-long celebration at The Henry Ford, especially this year as we mark the 65th anniversary of the Montgomery Bus Boycott and bring forward fresh voices in our THF Conversations series. From the civil rights era to today, explore stories that are both familiar and new to you – all sources of inspiration for the next generation in our community and beyond.

Celebrate at the Museum:

Pop-Up Exhibit | Food Soldiers: Nutrition and Black Activism

February 1 - March 31, 2021
Join us for a pop-up exhibit in Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation to examine the impact of these important activists.

Featured Artifact | 1974 Warrior Concept Car

Ahead of its time in design and philosophy, the Warrior was created by the first-ever African American automobile designer, McKinley Thompson Jr. Experience the prototype in person in the museum, or learn more about both vehicle and creator on our blog: here.

Featured Artifact | 1966 Ford Galaxie

Wendell Scott was the first African American to compete full-time in NASCAR’s premier series, and the first to win a top-level race. Breaking barriers, Scott fought limited resources and outright discrimination throughout his career, but he earned an impressive 20 top-five finishes from 1961 to 1973.

Featured Exhibit | With Liberty and Justice for All

Explore the proud and often painful evolution of American freedom, from the Revolutionary War through the struggle for civil rights, in this groundbreaking exhibit. Visit the Rosa Parks Bus 65 years after Mrs. Parks’ courageous act sparked the Montgomery bus boycott in 1955.

Celebrate from Home:

THF Conversations: Being Culturally Responsive as an Educator

February 17, 2021 | Virtual Program | Location: Live on Zoom

With generous support from the Ford Foundation, educator Zaretta Hammond shares insights. Join us as we host our first THF Conversations for Educators with special guest Zaretta Hammond. Zaretta is national education consultant and author. As a former high school and community college expository writing instructor, Zaretta is passionate about intersecting equity and culturally responsive teaching. This passion led her to write the book, Culturally Responsive Teaching and The Brain, which has been utilized in many education programs for pre-service teachers. Join the conversation as Zaretta delivers an edifying keynote address on her research and experience.


Join us on Twitter throughout February as our curators explore stories from our collections. Ask a question or simply follow along - @TheHenryFord and #THFCuratorChat.

Food Soldiers

February 9, 2021 | 11 a.m. | Debra Reid, Curator of Agriculture & the Environment
The pop-up exhibit, Food Soldiers: Nutrition and Race Activism, is on exhibit in Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation through March 2021. This chat will feature some individuals who linked healthy food to full citizenship then and now.

Race & Farming in Agriculture

February 11, 2021 | 1 p.m. | Debra Reid, Curator of Agriculture & the Environment
Join us for a survey of our collections featuring Black families who wanted to be farmers, even though racism conspired to make agriculture “the whitest of occupations.”

Frederick Douglass

February 25, 2021 | 1 p.m. | Katherine White, Associate Curator
Learn more about activist, author and speaker Frederick Douglass.

Keep Up with the Latest Black History Stories on Our Blog

Learn more about stories of African American history from our collections on our blog.

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.