The Greater Houston area, one of the most diverse regions in the country, has at least three museums featuring the African American experience.
Buffalo Soldiers National Museum
The Buffalo Soldiers were a group of former slaves, freemen and black Civil War soldiers who were the first to serve during peacetime. The Buffalo Soldiers served in several wars, such as The Spanish American War, The Philippine Insurrection, The Mexican Expedition, World War I, World War II and the Korean Police Action. The museum features memorabilia from the several former soldiers, such as artillery, former uniforms and common supplies the soldiers used. $10 (adults) $5 (students, seniors, military personnel), free (Thursday between 1-5 p.m.). Buffalo Soldiers National Museum, 3816 Caroline St., Houston. 713-942-8920. www.buffalosoldiermuseum.com
Community Artists’ Collective
The Collective provides a platform for the work of local black artists. It has a special sensitivity to African American women artists. The museum is currently showing “Self Love,” an exhibition featuring women artists displaying their perception of themselves and the affects it has on them. Free. Community Artists’ Collective, 4101 San Jacinto, Ste. 116, Houston. 713-523-1616
Houston Museum of African American Culture
The museum features art that represents the culture of Africans and African Americans across the state and geographical region. HMAAC also hosts discussions and features work from artists such as Ntozake Shange, author of “For colored girls who have considered suicide/When the rainbow is enuf.” Free. Houston Museum of African American Culture, 4807 Caroline St., Houston. 713-526-1015. www.hmaac.org