African American Museum in Philadelphia

African American Museum in Philadelphia
Founded: 1976

To collect and preserve art and artifacts and, through exhibitions and programs, interpret the stories and history of African Americans and those of the African diaspora.

About the Organization:
Founded in the bicentennial year of 1976, the African American Museum in Philadelphia was the first institution funded and built by a major municipality to preserve, interpret, and exhibit the heritage of African Americans. Since its creation, the museum has presented the achievements and aspirations of African Americans, from pre-colonial times to the present. Its auditorium and four galleries feature exhibitions anchored by one of three dominant themes: the African diaspora, the African-American experience in Philadelphia, and the contemporary African-American narrative.

Current Programs:
The museum collects and preserves materials that document the history, literature, politics, and culture of African Americans in Philadelphia and across the country, including photographs, personal and family papers, records of organizations and institutions, programs and playbills, music, and books. Educational programs offered by the museum explore African forms of cultural expression and include film festivals, annual Sharing the Heritage days, theatrical and literary performances, hands-on demonstrations and workshops, storytelling, living history performances, and other programs of relevance to the community.

Web Site:
Visitors to the AAMP Web site can learn more about the museum's educational projects, including the traveling Trailblazers to Freedom program for eighth-grade students; become a member; and sign up to receive event updates. The museum's Web site also features a calendar of events and tips for on-site visitors.

AAMP receives funding from corporations, foundations, and individuals as well as government support.

Contact: Romona Riscoe Benson, President and CEO
Phone: (215) 574-0380
Fax: (215) 574-3110