The Museum for Black Girls experience is working to bring awareness to the impact that Black women have had on everyday life.
"It's hard to have spaces where you feel just OK being yourself and the hair that grows out of your head, but in here you can celebrate that. You celebrate those rollers you put in your hair, the hot comb, the afros, the natural hair, just being who you are," said Charlie Billingsley, museum founder.
The museum launched in 2019 after what was supposed to be a one-night event celebrating the existence, contributions, and beauty of Black women turned into a traveling exhibition that has seen stops in Denver, Houston, and Washington, DC.
Billingsley and crew transformed a boutique into an immersive experience that offers up information on trailblazing Black women, a trip down memory lane with a replica of grandma's kitchen, and tons of interactive art that double as photo opps.
"We like to say we're redefining what a museum looks like. So in this space, it's a little bit more celebratory," Billingsley said. "It's just a different type of space where we can learn and celebrate and just love on each other."
Billingsley noted that she wants the museum to inspire women to love and embrace themselves as well as boost their confidence about their place in society.
"We want them to leave feeling inspired, motivated, [and] to go out in the world and do what they want to do and to know that they are loved," she said.