Welcome to ABHM!

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.


 ABHM is currently a Museum-Without-Walls:

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

We put our exhibits online and continued our educational programming in libraries, churches, and other facilities locally, regionally, and nationally.

Now, after a decade as a virtual museum, our new physical museum space is anticipated to open on Juneteenth Day 2018!

Meantime there are many things you can do and learn in our 3000+ exhibits online:

• Visit the 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.

Sign up as a Friend of ABHM to receive email notices of ABHM’s educational events, interracial dialogues, and new exhibits.

Please support our work with a tax-deductible donation. Thanks so much!


ABHM is a program of the nonprofit Dr. James Cameron Legacy Foundation, Inc. – and a member of:




Mail-only address:

11933 W. Burleigh Street, Suite 100

Milwaukee WI 53222

Email: connect (at) abhmuseum.org

  • Ground has been broken for ABHM’s New Home! •

Now we need your help to make the dream a reality.

Architect’s Rendering: The Griot Building, 411 W. North Avenue, Milwaukee WI 53212.

The Dr. James Cameron Legacy Foundation is proud to announce that

ABHM is coming home!

to its original location on

4th and North Avenue in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  

Our brand new museum space will feature:

History Exhibits * Interactive Displays

Guided Tours * Traveling Exhibits

Museum Shop, Café and Gallery * Community Events Space

Donations to our Building Fund will be used for:

  • Design and Construction
  • Exhibit Design and Installation
  • Program Development

Please help bring ABHM home by Summer 2018!

Your contribution  – large or small – will make this new museum possible.

  • To make a tax-deductible donation by CREDIT CARD, please click the Donate Button below.

  • To make a tax-deductible donation by CHECK, please make it payable to the Dr. James Cameron Legacy Foundation and mail to:

Dr. James Cameron Legacy Foundation

11933 W. Burleigh Street, Suite 100

Milwaukee WI 53223

  • To make a NAMING OPPORTUNITY GIFT, please email Karen Coy-Romano, kcoyromano (at) sbcglobal(dot)net. 

Thank you so much!

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 new space will serve as a place where people from our city and visitors from around the world can experience and discuss African American history as an integral part of American history.

Read more about ABHM as part of the Historic Garfield Redevelopment Project.


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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