24 African-American Historical Sites You Must Visit

Ida B. Wells-Barnett House

Ida B. Wells-Barnett House — Chicago, Illinois

This was the Chicago home of the late 19th century civil rights advocate and Chicago Conservator investigative writer Ida B. Wells. Although this house is not open to the public, it is a great piece of African-American history to look at in Chicago.


W.E.B. Du Bois Boyhood Home — Great Barrington, Massachusetts

The site commemorates the life and contributions of W.E.B. Du Bois at the site of his grandfather’s house, in which Du Bois lived for the first five years of his life.

Visitors experience a memorial park and a self-guided interpretive trail highlighting Du Bois’ journey from Great Barrington to the world stage.

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First Congregational Church of Detroit — Detroit, Michigan

This is the oldest African-American church in the Midwest and a great part of Detroit’s architectural history. It was also a safe haven for Blacks traveling along the Underground Railroad before arriving in Canada.

The church features the Friends of First Living Museum featuring a tour and re-enactment of the Underground Railroad.


Langston Hughes House — New York, New York

This was the home of Langston Hughes, a famed author and poet of the Harlem Renaissance from 1947-1967. His works such as Montage of a Dream Deferred and The Best of Simple were inspired by life in Harlem.

This house is a great piece of Harlem Renaissance history although it is not open to the public for tours.


Mother Bethel AME Church — Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Founded in 1794 by minister and educator Richard Allen, Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal is the oldest church property continuously owned by African-Americans.

The church offers a Richard Allen Museum with exhibitions as well as a tour of the church sanctuary.