Dr. Curtis Museum Black History.

Curtis Museum at the House of Beauty Hair Mall

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Detroit, Michigan

Although this small museum offers nods to civil rights leaders such as Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King, Jr., its principal purpose is to celebrate the relatively obscure Dr. Austin W. Curtis, the lab assistant of peanut guru George Washington Carver. After Carver died, Curtis moved to Detroit and opened Curtis Laboratories, where he concocted and manufactured hair products and health remedies, many containing peanuts (He was nicknamed "Baby Carver"). Curtis eventually befriended beauticians Doug and Christine Crawford, and they opened the Curtis Museum -- mostly photos and documents -- as part of their House of Beauty Hair Mall.

Both Curtis and Doug Crawford have since died, but the museum carries on.

Curtis Museum at the House of Beauty Hair Mall

14034 W. McNichols Rd, Detroit, MI
Northwest edge of the city. On the north side of W. McNichols Rd between Ardmore and Stansbury Sts. A little less than two miles east of Southfield Fwy exit 13.
Tu-Sa 10 am - 4 pm. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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