Celebrate Black History
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 monthlong celebration at The Henry Ford. 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 | Quiet & Loud ProtestFebruary 1 - March 31, 2022
When you think of the word protest, what does it mean to you? Explore new acquisitions showing quiet and loud ways that artist-activists have used graphics to demand change and organize communities. Features Amos Kennedy Jr., Angela Davis and Corita Kent.
Speak up! We’re listening! Throughout the exhibit, you’ll also find signs with QR code survey links that encourage you to share your feedback on stories and history currently represented. We're gathering input on this 16-year-old exhibit as we explore potential updates so that it remains robust and relevant to audiences long into the future.
Featured Activity | “Stories of Black Empowerment” THF Connect App TourDownload the THF Connect App to take the Stories of Black Empowerment tour through the museum.
Habit of the Month: Challenge the Rules
Do we have to do this the same way or is there a better one? If an action is wrong, how can we help fix or change it? It’s OK to speak up when something is not right (or someone is not being treated fairly).
Featured Artifact | 1974 Warrior Concept CarAhead 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 GalaxieWendell 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.
Celebrate from Home:
THF Conversations: Celebrate Black History Leadership Spotlight, presented by the Ford Motor Company Fund
Join us for The Henry Ford's Celebrate Black History Leadership Spotlight series, presented by Ford Motor Company Fund, where we invite social innovators to share their experiences and insights on empowerment as we reflect on the past and collaborate to build a better future for the next generation.
In this virtual series we’ll talk with business leaders who are working to empower our communities. Join us on Facebook every Monday in February at 11 am: facebook.com/thehenryford.
- Monday, Feb. 7: Empowering the Youngest Generation to Grow Up Great with PNC.
- Monday, Feb. 14: Empowering Financial Strength with Bank of America.
- Monday, Feb. 21: Empowering the Next Generation of Engineers and Problem Solvers with Raytheon Technologies.
- Friday, Feb. 25: Empowering Makers to Build a Better Future with Stanley Black & Decker.
- Monday, Feb. 28: Empowering Communities Year-Round with Ford Motor Company Fund.
#THFCuratorChatJoin us on Twitter throughout February as our curators explore stories from our collections. Ask a question or simply follow along - @TheHenryFord and #THFCuratorChat.
Quiet & Loud Forms of ProtestFebruary 24, 2022 | 11 a.m. | Kristen Gallerneaux, Curator of Communications & Information Technology
When you think of the word “protest,” what does it mean to you? Curator of Communications & Information Technology Kristen Gallerneaux explores this question in a new pop-up exhibit of political graphics demonstrating the ways that protest can be loud—and quiet. In this Twitter chat, she will share stories of the artifacts in this exhibit and many others from The Henry Ford’s vast collections.
Keep Up with the Latest Black History Stories on Our BlogLearn more about stories of African American history from our collections on our blog. Content is refreshed and updated year-round.
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Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation
|General Admission (12-61)||Free||$27.00|
|Children (4 & Under)||Free||Free|
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