African-Americans Fighting for a Double Victory in the National Afro-American Museum & Cultural Center explores civilian and military service during World War II, and how African-American service during wartime advanced civil rights on the home front during the 1940s and beyond.
By using its own collections and archives, as well as materials from the National Archives, the Ohio History Connection and other resources, the exhibit brings attention to the unknown stories and sacrifice of African Americans during this critical time in America’s history. The exhibition features digital images of African American muralist Charles Alston, whose drawings were commissioned by the Office of War Information.
The exhibit also includes the personal reflections of Wilberforce-area World War II veterans and national civil rights activists who sought to end discrimination in military, wartime housing and employment. It closes with a look at the impact that veterans and others had on the postwar civil rights movement and resulting advances in political empowerment today. The exhibit is open during museum hours Wednesday-Saturday, 9am-4pm.
The National Afro-American Museum & Cultural Center opened to the public in April 1988. Since that time, thousands of visitors have enjoyed the museum and its exhibits, including former President George Bush, former heavyweight boxing champion Muhammed Ali, historian and Ebony Editor Lerone Bennett, Jr., acclaimed artist Benny Andrews, fight promoter Don King, musician Winton Marsalis, noted actor William Marshall, Hall of Fame basketball coach John McLendon, educator Dr. Alvin Poussaint, Hall of Fame basketball player Oscar Robertson, His Excellency President of Mali Moussa Traore, plus numerous Congressional representatives, senators and others.