Welcome to ABHvM!

ABHM builds public awareness of the harmful legacies of slavery in America and promotes racial repair, reconciliation, and healing.

We envision a society that remembers its past in order to shape a better future – a nation undivided by race where every person matters equally.


This site is ABHM’s 3200+ page Virtual Museum!

Founded in 1984 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, ABHM’s building closed during the Great Recession of 2008.

A community group formed to honor the vision and mission of ABHM’s founder, Dr. James Cameron. We put its exhibits online and developed educational programming in libraries, churches, and other facilities locally, regionally, and nationally.

Now, in addition to this Virtual Museum, a new physical museum space is about to open!

There are many things you can do and learn in the 3200+ online exhibits here:

• Visit our virtual Galleries to learn about little-known parts of African American History.

• Catch up on what’s happening today in the ongoing struggle for rights and respect for African Americans. 





To contact this Virtual (online) Museum, email connect@abhmuseum.org

To contact someone at our new ABHM office and physical galleries (not yet open to the public), please call (414) 374-5353 or email chargro@abhmuseum.org



Support ABHM today!

Ways you can contribute:

For a NAMING OPPORTUNITY or other MAJOR GIFT, please contact Nancy Ketchman, Fund Development Specialist, at (414) 374-5353 or development@abhmuseum.org


• BREAKING NEWS – ABHM Announces Over $477,000 Raised to Complete Initial Development!

A personal challenge grant issued last winter by philanthropist and Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele helped to raise more than $477,000 for ABHM’s new galleries at 401 W. North Avenue in Milwaukee’s Bronzeville. At the campaign launch, Abele pledged to match donations dollar-for-dollar up to $100,000.

The challenge match was part of a $400,000 goal to complete the initial development funding for the museum’s $1.5 million construction and opening exhibits. The campaign exceeded this goal by $77,000, with 90% of donations coming from new donors. The museum is currently fundraising to develop and sustain operations and programming.

Read and download full press release here: ABHM 100K Press Release 07.24.19


Head Griot Reggie Jackson gives Milwaukee County Executive and Philanthropist Chris Abele and members of the press a tour of ABHM’s galleries under construction on February 25, 2019.

Thank you for your help and generosity!

ABHM is a program of the Dr. James Cameron Legacy Foundation, a 501(c)3 charitable organization.  All gifts are tax-deductible. Thank you so much!

Four views of the new ABHM building at 401 W. North Avenue, Milwaukee, Wisconsin


 ABHM will re-open soon in its new Griot Building galleries!

Visitors, Tours & Events at the New ABHM

We are NOT YET able to accept appoints for group tours in 2019. Watch this space! We will let you know when ABHM is open for individual visitors, group tours, and events.

New exhibits await you at the new ABHM galleries at 401 W. North Avenue, Milwaukee WI

For general information about the New ABHM, call (414) 374-5353 or email chargro@abhmuseum.org



Why invest in this museum?

More than ever, our nation needs the healing vision of Dr. James Cameron, the 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 1930 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 part of American history.

Please join us and invest in Dr. Cameron’s vision and legacy today.



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

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

New, greatly expanded – and award-winning – edition of Dr. Cameron’s memoir, A Time of Terror: A Survivor’s Story

The book includes the only eyewitness account of a lynching ever written by a survivor.

• Read more about the book and download excerpts here.

• Buy individual copies at Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

• Buy in quantity for your class or book club here (scroll to Quantity Sales form).


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