Black History Month: 9 Museums That Will Ship You a Piece of Our Past

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US President Barack Obama sits on the famed Rosa Parks bus at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan.  (Photo by Pete Souza/White House Photo via Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama sits on the famed Rosa Parks bus at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan. (White House /Getty Images)
It's February, and America is celebrating its 37th federally-recognized Black History Month.

The observance originated back in the the 1920s as Negro History Week, set for the period that included the birthdays of both Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. It expanded into a month-long observance in 1970, and was nationally recognized by the government in 1976.

Some of America's top museums have special events planned to highlight the month, but for most of us, a February trip to the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati or the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum in Houston isn't in the cards. However, if you're looking for a special gift or memento to honor this anniversary, you're in luck: Many of America's top civil rights museums will ship items from their gift shops right to your home.

Here are a few of the country's best:




Bruce Watson is a senior features writer for DailyFinance. You can reach him by e-mail at bruce.watson@teamaol.com, or follow him on Twitter at @bruce1971.

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Legacydistro

When is "White History" month?

February 20 2013 at 10:28 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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Lenny

I have been wondering that for years.

February 20 2013 at 1:06 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
AL1PA

Take one look at how Africa prospered under the Dutch and Africa had full employment. After Mandela was installed as President, Africa has denegrated down to virtual poverty. Great history ya think?

February 20 2013 at 10:26 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
Craig

The picture included in the article has a message to the country. Just keep following Obama's economic policies and we will all be riding the bus, because you won't be able to afford a car, house, vacation, etc...

February 20 2013 at 10:21 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
captsharky1

Be glad when White History month arrives.

February 20 2013 at 10:06 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
c2t2beau

What other race history month does the world have ?

February 20 2013 at 9:40 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
saturnhug

In all fairness, we need to have a history month dedicated to EVERY ethnic background. If not, then we don't need this one.

February 20 2013 at 8:32 AM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
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Yolanda S.

There is you obviously either don't pay attention or don't care enough to notice.

October 29 2014 at 2:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply