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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
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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?
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Memorial to the Victims of Lynching
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The Freedom-Lovers’ Roll Call Wall
Frozen custard in Milwaukee's Bronzeville
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Ways to Support ABHM?

ABHM is a unique museum that:

  • describes and memorializes the experiences of Africa's children in America from 1619 to the present as a holocaust;
  • recognizes the contributions of the freedom-loving white people and others who have joined the African American struggle for justice; and
  • actively engages our country in the work of racial repair, reconciliation and healing.


If you see this work as important, there are many ways you can lend your support!

ABHM was thrilled to receive this very generous donation from the Milwaukee Turners, one of the oldest civic organizations in Milwaukee. L-R: Cydney Hargro, ABHM; Nancy Ketchman, ABHM; Art Heitzer, President of Milwaukee Turners, Patricia Obletz, Turner member; Virgil Cameron, son of Dr. Cameron and museum board member; Nicholas La Joie, Executive Director, Milwaukee Turners; and Reuben Harpole, museum board member.


  • Funds by making a tax-deductible donation
  • Time and Talents as a volunteer (examples: online exhibit writer, social media communicator) 
  • Objects
    • Museum-worthy artifacts (examples: KKK outfit, original copy of the Green Book)
    • Useable equipment (examples: computer, tables, LED projector)

ABHM is a program of the nonprofit Dr. James Cameron Legacy Foundation, Inc. All donated funds are tax-deductible.

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Our Mission and Vision

Photo used with permission of Edwin Gonzalez

ABHM builds public awareness of the harmful legacies of slavery and Jim Crow in America and promotes racial repair, reconciliation, and healing. A society that remembers its past in order to shape a better future – a nation undivided by race where every person matters equally.

Our History and Impact

JC elder in ABHM

Dr. James Cameron, who survived a lynching as a teenager in 1930, founded America’s Black Holocaust Museum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1988. He dedicated his entire life to helping America realize its promise of liberty and justice for all. An early civil rights activist, he fought racial segregation in 1940s Indiana.

After moving to Milwaukee, Cameron published a memoir about his lynching and coming of age during the Jim Crow era. He traveled the country educating audiences at high schools, colleges, and other venues about the Black Holocaust as an integral part of US history, seen through the lens of these personal experiences.

What is the Black Holocaust?

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.”

Our Four Themes: Remembrance, Resistance, Redemption, Reconciliation

Ida B. Wells

In each Gallery of this virtual museum you will find exhibits reflecting one or more of our Four Themes: Remembrance, Resistance, Redemption, and Reconciliation.

Dr. Cameron: Founder Lynching Survivor

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Quiet in demeanor but with a playful spirit, James Cameron was a force of nature and an unrelenting champion for civil rights. He overcame anger and hate as a young man, then dedicated his life to preserving and sharing Black history as an integral part of U.S. history, eradicating racism and fulfilling the ideals and promise of America.

What is a Griot?

Griot with kora

“Griot” (pronounced GREE-oh) is the French name given to the oral historians of West Africa. Traditionally griots travel from city to city and village to village as living newspapers, carrying in their heads an incredible store of local history and current events. They pass on their knowledge of history by singing traditional songs, which they must recite accurately, without errors or deviations. Like rappers, they also make up songs as they go to share current events, gossip, political commentary and satire.

“A Time of Terror: A Survivor’s Story”– Excerpts from Dr. Cameron’s Memoir

Winner of the 2016 IPPY Silver Medal for Non-Fiction, Great Lakes Region

LifeWrites Press, a division of the Dr. James Cameron Legacy Foundation, released a new, expanded edition of Dr. James Cameron’s memoir on his birthday, February 25, 2016.

In May 2016 the book received a Silver Medal for Best Nonfiction, Great Lakes Region in IPPY’s (the Independent Publishers Association) international competition.

My First Visit to ABHM

James Cameron in his new museum at its dedication in 1988. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

An article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel announced the opening date of a new museum: America’s Black Holocaust Museum. “What is that about?” I wondered, “And what is a Black Holocaust?” There was something written about lynching. Lynching? I was not sure that word had ever been said aloud by any teacher in all my grade school or high school years. Now this Mr. Cameron says that he actually survived being lynched. I had to meet him and see his museum.

Tell Your Dr. Cameron Story


Many people interacted with Dr. James Cameron during his long life as a civil rights pioneer, family man, worker, author, orator, educator, and museum founder.

Perhaps you were fortunate to be one of those who learned, laughed, broke bread, and/or became inspired, by this man. Here is an opportunity to share your story.