African American Cultural & Historical Museum

Ann Arbor, MI   |  aachm.org

Mission

To research, collect, preserve and exhibit cultural and historical materials about the life and work of African Americans in Washtenaw County.

Ruling year info

1996

President/CEO

Ms. Joyce Hunter

Chair of the Board of Directors

Dr. Deborah Mitchell Covington

Main address

PO Box 130724

Ann Arbor, MI 48113 USA

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EIN

38-3134840

NTEE code info

Museum & Museum Activities (A50)

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Living Oral History

The Living Oral History program is a partnership between the African American Cultural & Historical Museum of Washtenaw County and the Ann Arbor District Library.

The Digital Collection is an extension of the Living Oral History Project Exhibit. It includes materials from AADL’s Community Collections about six major topics important to African American communities in Washtenaw County: Community Centers; Education; Housing; Employment; Entrepreneurship; and Faith.
https://www.aachm.org/oral-histories

Population(s) Served
Family relationships
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Ethnic and racial groups

AACHM conducted its inaugural annual Kwanza Celebration virtually in 2020. Kwanzaa is an African American non-religious holiday designed to celebrate African American culture and community through 7 principles of unity, self-determination, collective responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith. December 26-January 1st annually. The week-long family event is designed to celebrate the heritage, traditions and culture of African Americans. The program is a collaborative effort between AACHM and several community partners: Mentor2Youth, Black Men Reads (BMR), and All Things Artistic Ministries, Inc. (ATAMI). Each day of the week-long Kwanzaa Celebration begins and ends with a drum call by followed by inspiring speakers and activities.

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Focus on the Arts (FOA) elevates local talent in Washtenaw County. Over the last seven years, FOA has highlighted talent from all age groups. Some of the areas include, authors, music (gospel, Jazz) , children’s art and books, paintings and drawings by local artist as well as mixed media. We traditionally hold a program in the Spring and Fall.

Population(s) Served
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People of African descent
Families
Age groups
People of African descent
Families

AACHM presents on-line and traveling exhibits throughout the county. Exhibits in recent years includes the “Liberty Awakes” exhibit which celebrates the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment and the formation of the League of Women Voters. AACHM worked with the League to highlight the role of African-American women in the Suffrage Movement. The exhibit toured area libraries during the year.

Current online exhibits include "A Touchdown for Equality" chronicles the life of UM student George Jewett who changed history, becoming the school's first African-American football player and varsity letterman. "The Promise of Parkridge" tells the story of architect Hilyard Robinson. Parkridge housing units were built in 1943 for area Black workers following an un­successful attempt to integrate Willow Run public housing.

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Journey to Freedom is a member of The National Park Service, US Department of the Interior national Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Program. In addition to preserving historic sites associated with the Underground Railroad, the NPS, through the Network to Freedom, attempts to tell a comprehensive story of the people and events associated with the struggle for freedom from enslavement. Much of the historic physical evidence of places—the buildings and landscapes—important to the Underground Railroad have been altered or destroyed. To convey the magnitude of this history, it is necessary to recognize commemorative and interpretive efforts, in addition to identifying and preserving the sites that remain. Consequently, the Network was designed to include not only sites, but facilities and programs.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults
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Children and youth
Adults
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Children and youth
Adults
Family relationships

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Financials

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African American Cultural & Historical Museum

Board of directors
as of 9/30/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. Deborah Covington

Patricia Berry

Retired-General Motors

Nakisha Chaney

Partner at Salvatore Prescott Porter & Porter, PLLC

Patricia King

Retired-Univ of Michigan Medicine

Ellen Copeland-Brown

University of Michigan Medicine

Marlys Deen

Dr. Gloria Edwards

Retired - Univ. of Michigan

Cheryl Ervin

Retired-Ann Arbor Public Schools

Dr. Joetta Mial

Retired-Ann Arbor Public Schools

Deborah Meadows

St. Joseph Hospital

Kenyatta Tucker-Ibarisha

Ann Arbor Public School (AAPS)

Anthony Stewart

Ann Arbor Public Schools

Rossi Ray-Taylor

Ray-Taylor and Associates

Bette Thompson

Retired-Ann Arbor District Library

Beverly Tyler

Retired-Ypsilanti Public Schools

Beverly Willis

Washtenaw Historical Society

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 09/24/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Decline to state

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