National Museum of American History
1300 Constitution Ave., NW
2nd Floor, West Wing, Special Exhibitions Gallery Floor Plan
This exhibition interprets the complexities and effects of the Great Migration, a vast movement of more than 1 million African Americans who moved from the South to the North between 1915 and 1940 in search of a better life. The movement was carried out by ordinary people making individual choices. The exhibition takes an in-depth look at the hardships and strengths of southern life; at the personal decisions to leave; and at city life in the North, where jobs were often menial and housing overcrowded, but where new communities and new racial pride emerged.
- a Maryland sharecropper's house
- a replica of the separate entrances for whites and blacks at the Ashland, Virginia, train station
- a re-creation of a Philadelphia row house
- objects from a beauty salon run by Marjorie Stewart Joyner, a successful African-American entrepreneur