Celebrate Black History

Special Event at Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation®

  • February 1-28, 2022
  • 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 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 Protest

February 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.

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 67 years after Mrs. Parks’ courageous act sparked the Montgomery bus boycott in 1955.

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 Tour

Download the THF Connect App to take the Stories of Black Empowerment tour through the museum.

Featured Activity| PNC Tinkering for Tots

Feb. 8, 10 a.m.-noon
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 Activity | 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, including packing lunches and bed rolls. Gather knowledge of helpful and welcoming stops along your route.

Featured Activity| Fueled by Passion Film & Pit Crew Challenge

See the film Fueled by Passion in Driven to Win: Racing in America to discover Brehanna Daniels, the first African American woman in a NASCAR Cup Series pit crew. Then try the hands-on pit crew experience to see if you can help your team win the race.

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.



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.



#THFCuratorChat

Join 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 Protest

February 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 Blog

Learn more about stories of African American history from our collections on our blog. Content is refreshed and updated year-round.

Ticket Prices

Parking is $9 per vehicle for non-members; free for members.

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Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation

    Member Non­member
Senior (62+) Free $28.75
General Admission (12-61) Free $32.00
Youth (5-11) Free $24.00
Children (4 & Under) Free Free

* Ticket prices are subject to change.