Jet, March 25, 2002

Dr. Charles H. Wright, the 83-year-old retired obstetrician/gynecologist who helped to create and build Detroit's Museum of African American History, one of the largest museums of its kind, recently died of a heart attack in Detroit. In 1965, Wright established the International Afro-American Museum in Detroit. Its name changed to the Museum of African American History and ground was broken for a new 28,000-square-foot facility in 1985. A third museum opened in 1997. The following year it was formally rededicated and renamed the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. The museum is anchored by a permanent exhibit that walks visitors through African civilization, the Middle Passage route taken by slave ships bound for America, the Underground Railroad and the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. Wright also wrote plays and published two books on singer-actor Paul Robeson and a history of African-Americans and health care in Detroit.

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