Thank you for visiting ABHM!
This is more than a website: it's a 3400+ page Virtual Museum!
So what can you do here?
Here are just a few ideas:
- Discover seldom-told stories in our Online History Galleries.
- Plan your in-person visit to our On-Site museum's galleries.
- Find out what the only publicly-known survivor of a US lynching did with the rest of his long life.
- Learn about present and past challenges facing the African American community in our Breaking News blog.
- Take the pledge to be a Freedom Lover and post your photo and/or name on our Roll Call Wall.
- Contribute to ABHM's work of education, reconciliation, and healing.
- Become a Member of the Museum!
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 Is Open Tuesday-Sunday
Come see our museum’s new physical facility and the new exhibits encompassing over 400 years of history.
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
- 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)
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
ABHM Book Club Presents: A Time of Terror: A Survivor's Story
In honor of Black History Month and Dr. Cameron's birthday we will discuss A Time of Terror on February 23rd at 6 PM CT via Zoom. Sign up here.
America’s Black Holocaust Museum’s founder, Dr. James Cameron, was an avid reader and inspiring writer and educator. To this day, he is the only known survivor of a lynching to write and publish a memoir about such an experience. In his honor, we created this book club in November of 2020 to bring together a community of all backgrounds to learn about and discuss our collective past, modern manifestations of racism, and how we create racial repair, reconciliation, and healing for a better the future.
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 email@example.com.
More ABHM programs coming soon! Check here and our "Events" section for updates.
Community groups and other organizations are welcome to rent our Community Room (including a/v equipment and kitchen) for events. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to make arrangements
Explore. Discover. Learn.
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.”
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!
Why Support ABHM?
More than ever, our nation needs the healing vision of Dr. James Cameron, our 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.