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Zion Heritage Union Museum, Hyannis, Massachusetts

Learn about the important role that African Americans, Cape Verdeans and other people of color have played in Cape Cod and the surrounding area over the years at the Zion Heritage Union Museum in Hyannis, Massachusetts during a Cape Code group bus tour. From the slave trade to the civil rights movement, African Americans, Cape Verdeans and other people of color have greatly contributed to the rich history and heritage of the Cap and the Islands shaping it into what it is today.

Historic Artifacts in Zion Heritage Union Museum

Historic Artifacts Zion Heritage Union Museum

Inside the Zion Heritage Union Museum

Inside the Zion Heritage Union Museum

Visit the Zion Heritage Museum in  Hyannis

The Zion Heritage Museum in Hyannis

Zion Heritage Union Museum Store in Hyannis MA

Shop in the Zion Heritage Union Museum Store

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Inside the Zion Heritage Union Museum Inside the Zion Heritage Union Museum
Visit the Zion Heritage Museum in  Hyannis The Zion Heritage Museum in Hyannis
Zion Heritage Union Museum Store in Hyannis MA Shop in the Zion Heritage Union Museum Store

Visiting the Zion Heritage Union Museum

Housed in the former Zion Union Church, celebrate the rich heritage of the African American and Cape Verdean population as well as the other ethnic and demographic diversities of Barnstable and Cape Cod. During your visit delight in the museum’s collections of artifacts, local arts and texts as you are guided through the museum by a friendly volunteer or member of staff.

Artifacts

A vast collection of artifacts portraying the African American and Cape Verdean culture are housed at the Zion Heritage Museum. Items throughout the museum’s exhibits include artifacts from the arts, local history, politics, sciences and sports of African American and Cape Verdeans. 

Local Arts

The works of local photographers and artists showcased in the museum bring the African Americans and Cape Verdeans’ contributions to both black history and the Cape Cod community to life.  See photographs of Eugenia Fortes, dubbed the Rosa Parks of Cape Cod for her brave efforts toward local desegregation. Admire the paintings of Carl Lopes, a local teacher; his photographic tour of Cape Verde which gives a feel for both the landscape and the people of the islands is particularly unique. Or take the time to delight in intricate sculptures by Michael Alfano.

Zion Heritage Museum Library

Downstairs in the Zion Heritage Union Museum you’ll find the Zion Heritage Museum Library. Sample literature or historical texts written by people of color. A quilt made by local students which depicts important events in the history of people of color in the United States can also be found in the library.

Shopping in the Museum Store

Don’t forget to stop by the Museum Store. With a vast collection of gifts imported from Africa, the Cape Verde Islands and many areas of the United States, you’ll find the perfect keepsake to remember your time at the Zion Heritage Museum, or something special for a loved one.  Browse through works made by local artists, clothing, jewelry, music, literature and other goods relating to African American and Cape Verdean in the Museum Store.