Philly’s African American Museum Reopens with New Exhibit

The African American Museum in Philadelphia opened its doors today for the first time since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The museum has also launched a new exhibit to coincide with the reopening. “Anna Russell Jones: The Art of Design,” celebrates the first Black graduate of Moore College of Art and Design. Jones was best known for her wallpaper and carpet designs, but she also worked as a civil service illustrator. Jones also studied in the anatomy department of Howard Medical School and had a lifelong fascination with medical practice. The exhibit features objects from the museum’s permanent collection, including original drawings by Jones. “Anna Russell Jones: The Art of Design,” runs through September 12.

Sabrina Brooks, chair of AAMP’s board of directors, told WHYY that the institution was excited to reopen. “As a Philadelphia institution dedicated to honoring the history and culture of African American and Black communities, we are deeply committed to teaching, learning, and bearing witness to the stories of African Americans and the African Diaspora in all its permutations,” Brooks said.

The African American Museum in Philadelphia will continue to offer online programs and special events. The museum will be open Thursdays through Sundays from noon to 5 PM.