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Created and conceived by executive director Vashti Dubois, The Colored Girls Museum, in Philadelphia, is a unique space where black women’s art, activism, and history meet. The first of its kind, The Colored Girls Museum
“People seldom hold us up even as collective,” Dubois tells The Philadelphia Sun.
“You take care of your family. You stand for your friends and communities. In spite all of the insanities, history, heavy weight that would keep you down, in spite of–you get up every day.
The museum features dedicated spaces for moments in black women’s history such as a room that highlights the lives of black women who lived in the immediate post-slavery era in the United States, and a space that highlights the Black Lives Matter movement.
The Colored Girls Museum is a memoir museum, which honors the stories, experiences, and history of Colored Girls. This museum initiates the ordinary” object—submitted by the colored girl herself, as representative of an aspect of her story and personal history, which she finds meaningful; her object embodies her experience and expression of being a Colored Girl.
The Colored Girls Museum distinguishes herself by exclusively collecting, preserving, honoring, and decoding artifacts pertaining to the experience and herstory of colored girls. This museum shall serve as a clearinghouse of multidimensional arty-facts, objects and information about Colored Girls: equal parts research facility, exhibition space, gathering place and think tank. This Colored Girls Museum is the first institution of its kind, which considers memoir, in any form, as well as objects of personal and historic significance, as evidence with empirical value.
The Colored Girls Museum is open on Sundays from 12–4 p.m. during the month of March at its location in Philadelphia. You can also catch the museum in September during Philly’s Fringe Arts festival. For more information follow the The Colored Girls Museum on Facebook.