A sense of place has deeply shaped African American history and culture. A multifaceted range of African American communities and identities have formed and changed in all corners of the country and in turn influenced the regions around them.

Their evolution reveals a set of stories as diverse as the landscape itself. In the Power of Place, visitors explore stories of place from across the wide expanse of the nation and the African American experience.

In the exhibition, visitors learn that place is about geography—but also about memory and imagination. People make places even as places change people. Places are secured by individual and collective struggle and spirit. Place is about movement and migration and dis-placement. Place is where culture is made, where traditions and histories are kept and lost, and where identities are created, tested, and reshaped over time.