Wright Museum

Detroit to give African-American history museum $1.8M for renovations

Lacey Holmes
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The General Motors Theater at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History will receive a $5 million revamp featuring cutting-edge technology and increased capacity for theater, spoken word, cinema, and events like dance.

Mayor Mike Duggan announced on Tuesday that $1.8 million of its American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds “will go towards a $5 million redesign” at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.

Established in 1965, the museum remains a cultural gem in Midtown Detroit’s Cultural Center. Its 22,000-square-foot core exhibit, one of the largest single exhibitions on the history of African Americans, offers an immersive experience that aims to educate and transform visitors through inquiry and appreciation of African-American history and culture.