Chicago's DuSable Museum reopening – on Juneteenth

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- After being closed for 15 months because of the pandemic, the DuSable Museum of African American History on Chicago's South Side reopens Saturday -- Juneteenth.

It comes just days after June 19 -- marking the end of slavery in America, in 1865 -- was made a federal and Illinois state holiday.

Perri Irmer, DuSable's president and CEO, on Friday said the museum is launching a program to help people understand that Black history is not just about slavery or the oppression that followed.

The museum will also expand its focus on the many ways African Americans have contributed to the U.S., particularly in Chicago, she said.

Looking at the positive aspects of Black history is essential to promoting racial harmony and combating racism, Irmer said.

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