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CAMPAIGN FOR RACIAL REPAIR & RECONCILIATION

by helping to build ABHM’s new museum –

a center for history education and dialogue, arts and culture!

ABHM Head Griot Reggie Jackson speaks about American history. Photo: Dr. Fran Kaplan

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• Learn about NAMING OPPORTUNITIES* or schedule a VISIT with a CAMPAIGN TEAM MEMBER by contacting 

Karen Coy-Romano, Campaign Counsel

414-964-1843

kcoyromano (at) sbcglobal.net

 

 

*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.

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.

The Dr. James Cameron Legacy Foundation

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

Our Purpose: To honor and advance the work of civil rights pioneer, Dr. James Cameron by

Our Mission: To widen and deepen the public’s appreciation of the African American experience.

Our Vision: We envision a humane and peaceful world in which all individuals and communities thrive.

 

Cameron Legacy Foundation Programs:

 

 

 

 

And coming in Spring 2018, our new bricks-and-mortar museum in the Griot Building in Milwaukee, Wisconsin!

 

To make a tax-deductible contribution to support our work, click here.