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History at Home: Exploring African American Heritage, Stories, and Culture Through Online Museum Collections

This article originally appeared on the Institute of Museum and Library Services website.

Museums that tell the many stories of African American history, heritage, and culture are among the many types of institutions making their collections more accessible than ever.

From New York City and to New Orleans, here’s just some of the incredible work that recipients of IMLS Museum Grants for African American History and Culture have been sharing with the public.

The Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA) in Brooklyn recently launched MoCADA Digital. This new multimedia experience, made possible in part by an IMLS grant, was created to increase access to and understanding of black contemporary art and its social and political context for all audiences, regardless of ability, location, or educational background.

Online visitors can explore virtual galleries, exclusive museum notes, playlists, workshop recordings, and more via the new page. There's the Reflections of Black Sheroes series, which is devoted to highlighting the legacy of black women’s diary and journal writings. Read more...