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ABHM is a one-of-a-kind historical and memorial museum about the Black Holocaust in America.

History museums study, exhibit, and interpret history.  Memorial museums explain and commemorate past events of mass suffering.

Over the last 40 years, people around the world have created memorial museums to help their countries and communities make sense of and draw redemptive lessons from terrible periods of man’s inhumanity to man.

James Cameron (pictured above) was inspired to create ABHM when he visited the Yad VaShem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem, Israel in 1979. Despite surviving a 1930 lynching in which two other teenagers were killed, Dr. Cameron steadfastly maintained his faith in the moral framework of liberty and justice for all embodied in the USA’s founding documents.

ABHM's New Gallery is Now Open Tuesday-Sunday!

It's Time to Plan Your Visit!

Middle Passage Exhibit: The Door of No Return (Jarvis Lawson, MKE Magazine)

Come see our museum’s new physical facility and the new exhibits encompassing over 400 years of history.

For more information about our new facility or its operations, please call our office at (414) 209-3640 or email us at admin@abhmuseum.org. To receive an announcement of our events and other quarterly updates, please Join Our Mailing List.  
The renovated museum is also part of a redevelopment plan to spur economic growth and cultural vitality to Milwaukee's revitalizing Bronzeville neighborhood. ABHM shares the building with an affordable housing development.

Be a Member!

Become a member today! Your membership supports the museum's educational programming and the legacy of museum founder Dr. James Cameron.

Membership benefits for the year include:

  • Free admission to our thought-provoking exhibits
  • $2 off the admission for additional friends and family
  • 15% off museum merchandise
  • E-newsletter with updates on what is happening at ABHM
  • Early notification and registration access for events and programs

Membership Levels:

  • Individual $30 (full benefits for 1 adult)
  • Partner $50 (Full membership benefits for 2 adults)
  • Family $70 (Full membership for 2 adults and their children or grandchildren, 17 years & under within the same household)

Click here to sign up!

Upcoming Online Exhibits

Through One City's Eyes

This special exhibit will examine the past and present impacts of Black Holocaust on the City of Milwaukee. ABHM's home is in historic Bronzeville within the very heart of the most segregated metropolitan area in the USA.

You'll also soon get a peek at our exhibit about Milwaukee's Bronzeville in our onsite (physical) museum – plus a video trailer for a new movie about this once thriving neighborhood.

Film Trailer: Remembering Bronzeville

Featured Event

ABHM Book Club Presents: The Three Mothers

 

We will discuss The Three Mothers on January 26th at 6 PM CT via Zoom. Sign up here.

In honor of the upcoming Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we have selected a book that covers the 1960s Civil Rights Movement from a perspective long overlooked –that of the mothers of Dr. MLK Jr., James Baldwin, and Malcolm X.

Much has been written about Berdis Baldwin’s son James, about Alberta King’s son Martin Luther, and Louise Little’s son Malcolm. But virtually nothing has been said about the extraordinary women who raised them. In her groundbreaking and essential debut The Three Mothers, scholar Anna Malaika Tubbs celebrates Black motherhood by telling the story of the three women who raised and shaped some of America’s most pivotal heroes.

The ABHM Book Club is free and open to all who are able to attend, although the books will need to be purchased by each participant. If you are having trouble finding a copy, please email admin@abhmuseum.org.

The Three Mothers

The Three Mothers by Anna Malaika Tubbs

More ABHM programs coming soon! Check here and our "Events" section for updates.

Space Rental

Community groups and other organizations will soon be able to rent our community room, including a/v equipment and kitchen for events. Please email admin@abhmuseum.org for more information.

A Time of Terror: A Survivor’s Story by Dr. James Cameron

A Time of Terror: A Survivor’s Story, the award-winning expanded 3rd edition of Dr. James Cameron’s memoir. Click here to learn more about the book, read excerpts, and place bulk orders. To buy an individual copy, please click here.

Explore. Discover. Learn.

Enter here to discover seldom-told stories from seven historical periods - from pre-captivity to the present day - along with special exhibits.

Here we gather their life stories, say their names, and note where and when these thousands of men, women and children were terrorized and murdered.

Take our Freedom-Lover's Pledge stating your commitment to work for justice for all. Put your name and/or your face on our Roll Call Wall next to those of other Freedom-Lovers who stand with you!

What is the Black Holocaust?

“Holocaust” comes from a Greek word meaning “burnt offering.” The term was first used to describe the massacres of Armenians in the 1890s. It was used again in the 1940s to describe the mass destruction of European Jewish communities by the Nazis, also known by the Hebrew word “Shoah.”  

Appallingly, in the last hundred years the world has witnessed many similar atrocities, like the 1975-79 Cambodian Killing Fields, the 1994 Rwandan Genocide, and the 1995 Srebrenica Genocide. 

For this reason, the word “holocaust” has come to signify a series of atrocities organized by one social group against another. 

Breaking News!

Subscribe to our newsletter "The Griot"

(Emailed to you approximately once every 3 months)

"Griot" (pronounced GREE-oh) is a West African term for storyteller. Traditionally, griots travel from city to city and village to village, carrying in their heads an incredible store of local history and current events to be shared. This newsletter is your source for news, events, and community programs from the America's Black Holocaust Museum.

History in the Making

ABHM regularly brings you current news and culture as reported in the Black press and by predominantly African American journalists in the mainstream press.  

Why cover current events in a history museum? Because the past is still present.  

As James Baldwin put it, “The great force of history comes from the fact that we carry it within us, are unconsciously controlled by it in many ways, and history is literally present in all that we do.”

Click on the images and titles below to check out the latest! 

Support ABHM

Why Support ABHM?

More than ever, our nation needs the healing vision of Dr. James Cameronour museum’s founder. He dreamed of our nation as “one single and sacred nationality” and believed we could achieve a just and peaceful society through education and empathy-building. 

Dr. Cameron's vision is as relevant and compelling today as it was when he survived a lynching at age sixteen. Our online and onsite galleries are spaces where visitors from around the world can experience and discuss African American history as an integral – and crucial – part of the American story. 

Learn about the many ways you can contribute to Dr. Cameron's legacy. All gifts to ABHM are tax-deductible. 

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