Yesterday, it was announced that Milwaukee’s America’s Black Holocaust Museum (ABHM) will return to Bronzeville. The museum will be located on the ground floor of the planned The Griot apartments at 4th and North Ave.
From the America’s Black Holocaust Museum’s Facebook page:
Today WHEDA (WI Housing & Economic Development Authority) announced it had granted a low-income housing tax credit to Maures Development.
Maures will now be able to build The Griot, an apartment building in Bronzeville — that will provide space on the ground floor for our museum! The building, named for our founder, Dr. James Cameron, will sit on the very site ABHM occupied for 20 years.
Thanks to Alderwoman Milele Coggs for her tireless advocacy on our behalf. Thanks, also, to the generous community spirit of real estate developer Melissa Goins of Maures Development LLC. To ABHM’s own Brad Pruitt for his selfless work and vision that is bringing ABHM back to its rightful place in Bronzeville. To our board and volunteers who have kept ABHM active providing education about America’s racial history, even without a building. And to all of you who have supported ABHM and will continue to do so, thanks! We’ll need all hands on deck to bring this opportunity to fruition.
"We did it! Thanks to the tireless effort and support of many, including a generous grant from WHEDA, America's Black Holocaust Museum will reopen." -- Alderwoman Milele A. Coggs
The museum was founded in 1984 by James Cameron, who was the only known survivor of a lynching. The museum closed in 2008 and became an online museum in 2012.
Dr. James Cameron founded this museum after he visited Yad VaShem, the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Jerusalem, Israel. He saw the many similarities between the experiences of the Jewish people and African Americans