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Celebrate Women’s History Month at Metro Detroit Museums

Posted on Monday, March 04 2013 in Culture


Photo Credit: Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History 


March is National Women’s History Month, a month that certainly does not go uncelebrated in Detroit. From inspiring heroines in the music industry to names synonymous with courage and change, women have left a lasting mark on Detroit history. Here are some places you can visit to learn about Detroit’s influential women:


“You must never be fearful about what you are doing when it is right.” -Rosa Parks



The Henry Ford

The Henry Ford’s With Liberty and Justice for All exhibit celebrates women year round with various artifacts that depict historical triumphs for women during the late 1800s and early 1900s. With posters, postcards, photos and timelines from the women’s suffrage movement, this exhibit takes you on the journey through the passing of the 19th amendment.

Since we celebrated what would’ve been Rosa Parks’ 100th birthday this year with THF’s National Day of Courage, you have to hop on the Rosa Parks bus and sit where the brave-hearted, 42-year-old African-American made history to hear her story. Parks lived in Detroit for nearly 50 years and will remain an iconic woman in American history forever.

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  The actual bus Rosa Parks sat on.

Motown Historical Museum

Women played a huge role in the development of the Motown sound, and the Motown Historical Museum’s newest exhibit, Girl Groups: The Grit, The Glamour, The Glory, has all the details to prove it. If you’ve never heard of the Supremes or the Marvelettes, you’ve probably been living under a rock, but this travelling exhibit gives you the backstory behind these female legends through unseen photos, concert posters, records and stage outfits worn by the groups.


The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History recognizes several courageous women this month and tells their stories of struggle and triumph through empowering plays, concerts, films and activities. Learn about Harriet Tubman’s role in the Underground Railroad, which still impacts us 100 years after her death. For a list of upcoming events, head to the museum’s website.


Where else can you go to celebrate Women’s History Month in The D?