African American Foodways

Explore African American food traditions, and the role food plays in families and communities while we highlight objects from our collectionthe Searchable Museum, the Sweet Home Café and cookbook.

Supervisory Museum Curator of the African Diaspora, Joanne T. Hyppolite, Ph.D., gives a deeper look behind the exhibit, Cultural Expressions.

Chef Jacket Worn by Leah Chase

African American Chefs You Should Know

Before the 1970s, Aunt Jemima’s pancake box carried the stereotypical image of a black cook, illustrating how the American food industry undervalued Southern cooks and cooking. Today, a new wave of African American chefs safeguard Southern foodways. As they reintroduce recipes in the nation’s top kitchens, they humanize how the public sees black chefs.

Learn! about African American Chefs You Should Know

Featured Exhibitions

Cultural Expressions is a circular, experiential, introductory space to African American and African diaspora culture.
View of the Cultural Expressions exhibition with a large 360 degree video screen around the center of the room.

Cultural Expressions

Culture shapes lives. It’s in the food people eat, the languages they speak, the art they create, and many other ways they express themselves. These traditions reflect the history and creative spirit of African American and other cultures of the African diaspora.
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