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8 Memorable Museums in Los Angeles

From the history of African American firefighters to zoology, L.A. has you covered.

The Illuminating History of Walter Burton, America’s First Black Sheriff

Walter Moses Burton was born into slavery, but eventually served four terms in the Texas state senate during the progressive but brief Reconstruction period. Visiting his gravesite in Richmond, Texas, offers an important glimpse into Texas’—and the South’s—political history.

The 19th-Century Black-Owned Pottery That Changed American Ceramics Forever

H. Wilson & Company, founded by a group of formerly enslaved potters, made an indelible mark on American craft—and American branding, too.