Ahead of Black History Month in the US in February, Abra Dunsby picks out three new educational tours and attractions in the destination that honour black history and culture
National Museum of African American Music, Nashville
Nashville – aka Music City – has another tuneful string to add to its bow. The National Museum of African American Music opens on Martin Luther King Jr Day (18 January), charting the many genres created, influenced and inspired by African Americans.
The museum uses interactive technology to bring countless musical legends to life, with curated collections and galleries covering 50 musical genres and subgenres, from gospel and jazz to R&B and hip-hop.
Butch Spyridon, president and chief executive of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp, says: “The National Museum of African American Music is the last piece of the branding puzzle that is Music City. We have worked hard to demonstrate the depth and breadth of music that comes out of this town – from songwriters to musicians and gospel to country. The museum gives us the platform to tell the country’s story of black music, and also the opportunity to share Nashville’s piece of that story.”
“We are a music destination and this museum joins the ranks of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Musicians Hall of Fame & Museum, Historic RCA Studio B, Quonset Hut Studio, Ryman Auditorium, and the Grand Ole Opry as Nashville treasures that showcase why we are the only Music City.”
The museum will also host events ranging from radio broadcasts by famous artists to live performances.