ABHM: A Key to Revitalization of MKE’s Historic Bronzeville

A Catalyst for the Revitalization of Arts and Culture

Maures Development Group, LLC, the only female and minority-owned development business in Wisconsin, is redeveloping almost an entire block of abandoned buildings. The $17.4 million project will transform the site into a vibrant mixed-use campus as a catalyst for the reestablishment of the historically black Bronzeville neighborhood’s culture and entertainment district.

The Bronzeville community was once a thriving African American economic and cultural hub. In the 1960s, however, hundreds of homes and businesses were demolished for the proposed Park West Freeway, which was never built. Subsequently, the once-thriving commercial corridor deteriorated, as property values plummeted and buildings fell into disrepair.

Development Planned in Two Phases

The historic former Garfield school building will be redeveloped for 30 units of high-quality, mixed-income housing.

In Phase I, the schoolbuilding will be reborn as the Historic Garfield Redevelopment Project, comprised of 30 units of high-quality, mixed-income housing. In Phase II, the adjoining vacant properties will be demolished and developed as the The Griot, a newly constructed building with 41 residential units and 8,000 square feet of commercial space.

The commercial space will house America’s Black Holocaust Museum (ABHM), one of Milwaukee’s most revered cultural institutions, which shares the African American story as part of U.S. history and supports racial repair and reconciliation. The museum will re-open its doors in Summer 2018, and is projected to bring over 10,000 visitors annually into the Bronzeville neighborhood.

“The Garfield project and the re-emergence of the America’s Black Holocaust Museum are certain to be catalytic for the Bronzeville Cultural, Arts and Entertainment District,” stated Alderwoman Milele Coggs. The City of Milwaukee first identified the Garfield Project in its 2005 Bronzeville Cultural & Entertainment District Plan.

Alderwoman Milele Coggs (L) and Maures Development Group’s Melissa Goins proudly announced the historic redevelopment project in May 2016.

Located just a mile from major downtown investments, including the new Bucks Arena, the Historic Garfield redevelopment will help connect downtown’s growth to the Bronzeville neighborhood. The project is forecasted to create over 115 jobs through construction, property management and the museum. In addition, 40 city residents will receive on-the-job training through an innovative partnership with Employ Milwaukee and the Northcott Neighborhood House.

Maures Development Group, LLC, is a commercial real estate firm that has developed a reputation for innovative projects focused on historically neglected neighborhoods. From the onset, the company’s holistic strategies of combining new construction, sustainable features and social partnerships with neighborhood organizations have delivered Maures a multitude of praises for community impact.


*America’s Black Holocaust Museum is a program of the nonprofit Dr. James Cameron Legacy Foundation.

Naming Opportunities for New ABHM Exhibits & Programs

 

BE PART OF THE SOLUTION!

 

JOIN OUR $7 MILLION CAMPAIGN

FOR RACIAL REPAIR AND RECONCILIATION

 To join, contact Karen (414-964-1843 or kcoyromano)

 

 

 Places & Programs Naming Opportunities

• (YOUR NAME) Fellowship for Civil Rights: $4 Million

Your tax-deductible gift creates an endowment fund to provide America’s Black Holocaust Museum with sustainable funding in perpetuity for leadership in racial repair and reconciliation.

• (YOUR NAME) Presents Bridging Past & Present: $1.5 Million

Your gift creates a high-tech educational immersion experiences for individuals/groups to include videos, virtual reality, touch screens, and opportunities to record their personal stories.

On Founder’s Day 2016, ABHM presented 3 historic anti-lynching one-act plays to over 500 people from around Greater Milwaukee.

• (YOUR NAME) Bronzeville Community Room: $750,000

This public gathering space will host ABHM’s performances, presentations, and special exhibits. It will also be available for rental by community organizations.

• (YOUR NAME) Presents ABHM’s Virtual Museum: $75,000

The ABHM online museum currently comprises over 3,000 exhibits. Scholars, curators, and student interns add new content every week. Your gift will help modernize, maintain, and grow this unique site.

• (YOUR NAME) Community Admissions Program: $25,000

Your tax-deductible gift supports daily museum admission for eligible individuals and families.

 

Exhibit Naming Opportunities 

• (YOUR NAME) presents Through One City’s Eyes: $50,000

Examines the complexities of how people of diverse backgrounds and perspectives live side by side in separate communities through the lens of the most segregated metropolitan area in the US.

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©1974 Photo courtesy of Tony Freund.

• (YOUR NAME) presents Tribute to Dr. Cameron: $25,000

Illuminates the extraordinary life and legacy of Dr. James Cameron, lynching survivor, autodidact, author, civil rights activist, and founder of the America’s Black Holocaust Museum.

• (YOUR NAME) presents The Middle Passage: $50,000

Reveals the realities of the largest forced migration in human history.

• (YOUR NAME) presents Cultures and Communities Before Captivity: $25,000

Displays the rich cultures of African societies leading up to European colonization and enslavement.       

Slave Auction 1855

• (YOUR NAME) presents From the Auction Block: $35,000

Interrogates the realities of the auction block and economics of slavery through an immersive, multi-media experience.

• (YOUR NAME) presents At the Hands of Persons Unknown: $25,000

Looks at one of the most traumatic aspects of African Americans’ post-slavery experience: the 100-year epidemic of lynchings.

• (YOUR NAME) presents We Shall Not Be Moved: $10,000

Tells under-told stories of the Civil Rights struggle and its accomplishments, including Milwaukee’s leadership role and national impact.

• (YOUR NAME) presents And Still We Rise: $10,000

Presents current events that shed light on African Americans’ ongoing challenges and triumphs.

• (YOUR NAME) presents Tools for Survival: $25,000

Celebrates the role music, the arts, and other cultural forms have played in the survival and resilience of the enslaved and their descendants through the centuries.

• (YOUR NAME) presents In This Together: $10,000

Weaves visitors interactively into the vast tapestry of individuals and institutions across the country and around the world working on the exposition of African American history and culture.


 

To discuss your naming opportunity, please contact

Karen Coy-Romano, Campaign Counsel

414-964-1843

kcoyromano (at) sbcglobal.net


 

To contribute to the cause in an another way, please consider these options:

• Click the button below to make an ONLINE DONATION*




• Become a member of our LEGACY BUILDERS SOCIETY.*

Thank you so much!

*ABHM is operated by the Dr. James Cameron Legacy Foundation Inc., a 501(c)3 charitable organization. Unrestricted gifts are accepted at all levels and are tax-deductible.

Help Bring ABHM Home! Museum’s New Space Rises in Bronzeville

 

 On Juneteenth Day 1988, America’s Black Holocaust Museum opened its facility in Milwaukee’s historic Bronzeville district. Thousands of schoolchildren and adults from around the world learned African American history within its walls. After its building closed in 2008, ABHM reinvented itself as an online museum serving millions of global visitors each year. And now…

The Dr. James Cameron Legacy Foundation* is pleased
to announce that


 •  ABHM is coming home! 


to a new building
on the site of its original location
at
4th and North Avenue in Milwaukee.

Please help us bring ABHM home!

 

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A visitor reads the bills advertising slave auctions near the museum’s auction block.

Your donation – large or small –  to our Building Fund will make a big difference.

(All donations are tax-deductible.)

To discuss a NAMING OPPORTUNITY gift, please contact our Campaign Consultant, Karen Coy-Romano, at kcoyromano (at) sbcglobal(dot)net.

To make smaller donations, click here:




Donations to our Building Fund will be used for:

• Design and Construction

• Exhibit Design and Installation

• Program Development 

The Griot, an apartment building named for ABHM founder Dr. James Cameron, will open in Spring 2018 on the very site of ABHM’s former facility (1988-2008). ABHM’s new museum space will grace The Griot building’s ground floor.

 

 

ABHM’s new museum space will feature:

 

 

Please join us for the Groundbreaking Ceremony – April 4, 2017!

 The celebration will be held on Tuesday, April 4th behind the Garfield School building (2215 N. 4th Street) in the Bronzeville Neighborhood from 11:00am-1:00pm.

The program will feature Mayor Tom Barrett, Alderwoman Milele Coggs, Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch, WHEDA Director Winston Wyman, as well as several Milwaukee artists.

Virgil Cameron, the son of ABHM Founder Dr. James Cameron, will also speak.


 

About ABHM as Part of the Revitalization of Milwaukee’s Historic Bronzeville

Maures Development Group, LLC, the only female and minority-owned development business in Wisconsin, is redeveloping almost an entire block of abandoned buildings. The $17.4 million project will transform the site into a vibrant mixed-use campus as a catalyst for the reestablishment of the historically black Bronzeville neighborhood’s culture and entertainment district.

The Bronzeville community was once a thriving African American economic and cultural hub. In the 1960s, however, hundreds of homes and businesses were demolished for the proposed Park West Freeway, which was never built. Subsequently, the once-thriving commercial corridor deteriorated, as property values plummeted and buildings fell into disrepair.

The historic former Garfield school building will be redeveloped for 30 units of high-quality, mixed-income housing.

In Phase I, the school building will be reborn as the Historic Garfield Redevelopment Project, comprised of 30 units of high-quality, mixed-income housing. In Phase II, the adjoining vacant properties will be demolished and developed as the The Griot, a newly constructed building with 41 residential units and 8,000 square feet of commercial space.

The commercial space will house America’s Black Holocaust Museum (ABHM), one of Milwaukee’s most revered cultural institutions, which shares the African American story as part of U.S. history and supports racial repair and reconciliation. The museum will re-open its doors in Spring 2018, and is projected to bring over 10,000 visitors annually into the Bronzeville neighborhood.

“The Garfield project and the re-emergence of the America’s Black Holocaust Museum are certain to be catalytic for the Bronzeville Cultural, Arts and Entertainment District,” stated Alderwoman Milele Coggs. The City of Milwaukee first identified the Garfield Project in its 2005 Bronzeville Cultural & Entertainment District Plan.

Alderwoman Milele Coggs (L) and Maures Development Group’s Melissa Goins proudly announced the historic redevelopment project in May 2016.

Located just a mile from major downtown investments, including the new Bucks Arena, the Historic Garfield redevelopment will help connect downtown’s growth to the Bronzeville neighborhood. The project is forecasted to create over 115 jobs through construction, property management and the museum. In addition, 40 city residents will receive on-the-job training through an innovative partnership with Employ Milwaukee and the Northcott Neighborhood House.

Maures Development Group, LLC, is a commercial real estate firm that has developed a reputation for innovative projects focused on historically neglected neighborhoods. From the onset, the company’s holistic strategies of combining new construction, sustainable features and social partnerships with neighborhood organizations have delivered Maures a multitude of praises for community impact.


*America’s Black Holocaust Museum is a program of the nonprofit Dr. James Cameron Legacy Foundation.