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Behind every mask there is a face, and behind that, a story...


In April of 1997 Dr. Charles H. Wright looked up at the N'Tomo Bamana Bambara mask that graces the Warren entrance of the museum and with tears in his eyes, tapped the hand of the young man pushing his wheelchair and said, "We did it!"

Those three simple words represented the culmination of Dr. Wright's vision of creating one of the largest museums in the nation dedicated to the African American Experience. Behind the N'Tomo mask you will find the many faces of generations past and be enlightened by their incredible stories.

It's because of the inspiration of the N'Tomo Bamana Bambara mask that we extend an invitation to attend the Inaugural Wright Masquerade Ball on Saturday, October 5, 2019. The evening will commence with a grand welcome at the Farnsworth entrance of the museum. Upon entry you will be greeted with a spectacular arrangement of sights, sounds, and smells sure to embrace all the senses. Grab a cocktail and mingle before participating as we honor our Warriors for the Wright. We invite you to see their faces and hear their stories as we pay tribute to the phenomenal people and organizations that have had a profound effect on the Wright and the community.

Plan to explore every inch of the Wright as there will be surprises around every corner. Finally, unmask at our afterparty were you will dance the night away. The evening will be filled with lavish costumes, live entertainment, and divine dishes from some of Detroit's best restaurants. The Wright's Inaugural Masquerade will be a night to remember!

 6:00 PM - Cocktails & Curiosities

  • Take a walk around the grand rotunda and be amazed by the dazzling displays and masks of the party goers. Browse the incredible selection of Contemporary African American Art and one of a kind packages that are available in the Live and Silent auction.

 

7:00 PM - Honoring The Wright's Heroes

  • Join us in the General Motors Theater as we pay tribute to some of the very special people who have made a difference to the Wright and the Detroit community.

 

7:45 PM - Funding the Future - Live Auction Begins

 

8:30 PM - Strolling Dinner and Dancing

  • Detroit's finest restaurants have prepared sumptuous bites for you to enjoy! Stroll the museum's upper and lower levels for an incredible dining experience. Dance the night away or chill and enjoy a different musical experience in one of the lower level lounges.

 

9:00 PM - The Unmasking post-Gala celebration

  • Ready to party for a purpose? DJ Fingers will remix the event! Complimentary Valet.

Contact Us

Charles H. Wright Museum of African Amer. History
Questions? Contact: Germaine Williams

Location

315 East Warren Avenue, Detroit, MI, USA

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