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A man stands in front of the Djingareyber mosque on February 4, 2016 in Timbuktu, central Mali. 
Mali's fabled city of Timbuktu on February 4 celebrated the recovery of its historic mausoleums, destroyed during an Islamist takeover of northern Mali in 2012 and rebuilt thanks to UN cultural agency UNESCO.
African Peoples Before Captivity
Shackles from Slave Ship Henrietta Marie
Kidnapped: The Middle Passage
Enslaved family picking cotton
Nearly Three Centuries Of Enslavement
1st Black Men Elected to Congress
Reconstruction: A Brief Glimpse of Freedom
The Lynching of Laura Nelson_May_1911 200x200
One Hundred Years of Jim Crow
Civil Rights protest in Alabama
I Am Somebody! The Struggle for Justice
Black Lives Matter movement
NOW: Free At Last?
#15-Beitler photo best TF reduced size
Memorial to the Victims of Lynching
hands raised black background
The Freedom-Lovers’ Roll Call Wall
Frozen custard in Milwaukee's Bronzeville
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ABHM is operated by the nonprofit Dr. James Cameron Legacy Foundation.

The Dr. James Cameron Legacy Foundation Board of Directors:


Virgil Cameron, son of ABHM's founder Dr. James Cameron, in front of the new museum building.

After Dr. Cameron's passing in 2006 and the shuttering of the museum in 2008, his mission and museum were kept alive by a group of volunteer experts. This "legacy team" worked tirelessly, beginning in 2010, to successfully  reestablish ABHM, first as a unique online museum and later as a physical facility. This team continues to lend its expertise, support, and labor to the museum as consultants.



Dr. Robert M. Davis, also known as Bert, joined ABHM on September 3, 2019 as our President and CEO.

Legacy Team members Reggie Jackson, Dr. Fran Kaplan, and Brad Pruitt light a candle to bring Dr. Cameron's spirit into the newly-built ABHM facility.

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Note: We moderate submissions in order to create a space for meaningful dialogue, a space where museum visitors – adults and youth –– can exchange informed, thoughtful, and relevant comments that add value to our exhibits.

Racial slurs, personal attacks, obscenity, profanity, and SHOUTING do not meet the above standard. Such comments are posted in the exhibit Hateful Speech. Commercial promotions, impersonations, and incoherent comments likewise fail to meet our goals, so will not be posted. Submissions longer than 120 words will be shortened.

See our full Comments Policy here.


  1. Ruth A. Freeman on March 22, 2021 at 7:05 PM

    Are you located in Wisconsin state? Do you have to pay to visit the museum? Are there any discounts for seniors, if a payment is required? Are you currently open today? I saw the video clip about Dr. James Cameron on youtube and I am interested in visiting the museum.

    • dr_fran on April 7, 2021 at 5:18 PM

      Yes, the museum is in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Due to covid restrictions, our physical galleries are not open at this time, but will be once it’s safe to gather. The best way to get information about the re-opening is to subscribe to our newsletter, The Griot. See the subscription box on our home page.

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