Thank you for visiting our Virtual Museum!
This is more than a website: it's a 3500+ 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 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.
Peter Pierceall of Centralia IL, USA, writes:
"Excellent website galleries. I'm a 68 year old white male
and I can unequivocally say
I learned more history of the black experience than I received
in all my years of schooling.
I believe it to be essential education."
ABHM Winter Hours of Operation
Plan Your Visit!
Come see our museum’s new facility and exhibits encompassing over 400 years of history.
Free admission February 25th!
Admission for all is generously covered by the Milwaukee Brewers Community Foundation.
We will be open on Sunday, February 25th, 2024 from 12 to 5 PM.
Celebrate with us the two year anniversary of the museum's grand reopening - an unprecedented victory after a 14 year closure - and what would have been the 110th birthday of our founder, Dr. James Cameron.
A Time of Terror: A Survivor’s Story by Dr. James Cameron
A Time of Terror: A Survivor's Story
"This forceful and absorbing tale sweeps the reader through a wide range of emotions. The narrative is at once thrilling and unnerving–and interspersed with humor and philosophical reflections on humanity's predicament. For incisive insights into the viciousness of white racism under Jim Crow–and the depths of the human spirit required to resist it, look no further. Cameron's memoir is an inspired meditation on individual human endeavor, comparable to the trials and tribulations of Richard Wright's Bigger Thomas, but with an uplifting ending." - Dr. Stephen Small, educator and author
- New exhibit launched in honor of ABHM's Founder -
This Special Exhibit features the artistic portraits of prominent resistance leaders. Poetry creatively walks the audience through the exhibit and our historical journey towards a more just and balanced world. Experience artist Ras Corey Ameen's portraits of Queen Nanny Maroon, Dutty Boukman, Stephen Biko, Marcus Garvey, Malcolm X, Chairman Fred Hampton, Kwame Ture, Assata Shakur, Dr. Sebi, Angela Davis, Nina Simone and of ABHM's founder, Dr. James Cameron.
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)
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
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
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.
Our Breaking News: Black 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.