In the company of a cultural historian from Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, explore the experiences and lasting influence of African Americans who made Paris their home during a combination of specialized walking tours and guided historical visits. 


This program is available to members of NMAAHC exclusively as a benefit of membership for a limited period of time.

Starting at: $4,390 Ask Us A Question or Call 855-330-1542
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Paris City of Light

The African American Experience

9 days from $4,390

In the company of a cultural historian from Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, explore the experiences and lasting influence of African Americans who made Paris their home during a combination of specialized walking tours and guided historical visits. 


This program is available to members of NMAAHC exclusively as a benefit of membership for a limited period of time.

or Call 855-330-1542

May 6 - 14, 2018 Departure; May 13 - 21, 2018 Departure
John W.  Franklin

John W. Franklin

John W. Franklin serves as the cultural historian and senior manager in the Office of External Affairs at Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. Mr. Franklin received his bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from Stanford University, with a focus on French-speaking West Africa and Caribbean societies. He later did graduate work at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies focusing on African development issues. Prior to joining the National Museum of African American History and Culture, Mr. Franklin served as a Program Manager and Curator with Smithsonian’s Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, where his responsibilities included curating the annual Smithsonian’s Folklife Festival’s programming, around Washington, D.C, Mali, Cape Verde and the Bahamas. Mr. Franklin also served as a Program Specialist in the Smithsonian’s Office of Interdisciplinary Studies where he organized conferences on Black Francophone Presence in the U.S, African Americans and the Evolution of the Living Constitution, African Immigration, West Africa Research and Human Rights and Scientific Progress and Cultural Diversity. He has participated in conferences in Paris at The Quai Branly Museum on The Exhibition of Slavery and the Archaeology of Slavery in 2011 and 2012 respectively. He looks forward to joining you for this insightful journey, exploring the rich and diverse history of African Americans who lived, worked and enriched the City of Light.