DETROIT — The Automotive Hall of Fame is developing a permanent exhibit and educational program that will highlight the contributions of African Americans in the industry.
The Automotive Hall of Fame, in Dearborn, Mich., was founded in 1939 at the World's Fair. It is a museum that has honored nearly 800 individuals from around the globe who have impacted the automotive and mobility industries.
Some African Americans have been recognized, "however, we realize that there are Black people that have contributed to the automotive industry in the past that we have not recognized and that they are underrepresented," said hall President Sarah Cook.
"We plan to highlight several key aspects of Black contributions that created the industry, including the labor, invention, design, engineering and leadership that created the modern automotive manufacturing industry," Cook said.
The museum expects to launch the exhibit and related digital content in February.