Tyrotarian Tour of America’s Black Holocaust Museum
America’s Black Holocaust Museum
February 21 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
~ Light refreshments, wine, and snacks provided ~
Get a sneak peak into America’s Black Holocaust Museum (ABHM) before it reopens to the public later this year. Brad Pruitt, interim executive director, will provide a brief presentation on the museum’s history and mission, followed by a tour and Q&A. ABHM was founded in 1988 by lynching survivor Dr. James Cameron (1914-2006) to share the under-told experiences of African Americans as a critical part of our collective American history. The museum explores how slavery has shaped African American economic, physical, emotional, and cultural health…and continues to impact current race-related issues. The museum’s galleries reveal life in Africa before capture, the trans-Atlantic and domestic slave trade, the resistance of the enslaved, the traumatic and lingering impacts of Reconstruction and Jim Crow, and the movements for civil rights – part and present.
America’s Black Holocaust Museum’s New Home For 30 years, the museum welcomed thousands of visitors and school children each year. The museum closed in 2008, two years after Dr. Cameron’s passing in 2006. But today – thanks to strong community support including a generous donation from the Rotary Club of Milwaukee – ABHM is coming home! The museum is opening in 2019 in a brand new 8,000 sq. ft. home on the ground floor of The Griot, a four-story mixed use building on the corner of Vel R. Phillips Ave. (formerly 4th St.) and North Avenue.
The Dr. James Cameron Legacy Foundation, which manages the museum, has raised nearly $1.5 million for construction and exhibit costs. It is now raising funds to support museum operating, programming, staffing, and related infrastucture costs.
There is street parking available on Vel R. Phillips St. and Garfield Avenue (one block south of North Ave.) Note: There is no parking on North Avenue between 3-6 pm.