The Historic DuSable Museum has a new name. It’s now the DuSable Black History Museum and Education Center.
That’s a change from the previous DuSable Museum of African American History. Museum leaders unveiled the rebranding at a Juneteenth celebration last weekend. The Hyde Park center was founded in 1961 and is said to be the oldest independent Black history museum in the U.S.
“Because education has always been a cornerstone of our mission here, we decided to put it in our name and really own and claim our educational role,” said the museum’s President and CEO Perri Irmer. “It is, especially today, so very, very important to understand that everyone, not just Black children, but all children, all people deserve to learn the history of America, which is Black American history is American history, but also the importance of recognizing the connectedness of Black people across the globe.”
A new logo was also unveiled, "The Du,” which encourages Americans to take action and “Do something.”