The African Republic of Liberia is the size of Iowa. That's one of the facts visitors learn at the African American Museum of Iowa, which opened in 2003 and was restored after the 2008 flood. Its mission is to preserve, publicize and educate the public on the African-American heritage and culture in Iowa.
At the Endless Possibilities exhibit, visitors learn about the history of Iowa's African-Americans, including the Underground Railroad, the life of African-American mining families in a turn-of-the-century town, and the struggle for integration in the state's schools and workplaces. Participate in a sit-in at the lunch counter of the Katz Drug Store in Des Moines and stand behind President Obama’s podium, which he took around the state and autographed to celebrate his victory at the 2008 Iowa caucuses. Temporary and traveling exhibits give visitors addititional insight into facets of the African-American experience.