America’s Black Holocaust Museum was founded in 1984 in a Milwaukee, Wisconsin storefront by Dr. James Cameron, the only known survivor of a lynching. In 1988 Cameron acquired a spacious free-standing building, where the he expanded ABHM’s exhibits and employed staff.
The museum attracted many local, national, and international visitors. Many took guided tours led by “griots” (docents) who interpreted the exhibits and facilitated dialog.
Dr. Cameron also spoke daily with most visitors about his survival experience – making for a very special encounter with living history. His passing in 2006 combined with the country’s economic downturn forced the museum to give up its building in 2008.
In the fall of 2018, the museum reopened as part of the Historic Garfield Redevelopment project, led by Maures Development LLC and Jeffers & Co. Join us for a reflection and discussion on the past, present, and future of America’s Black Holocaust Museum and what it means to the Milwaukee community.
More information on speakers coming soon. Breakfast and coffee will be available while they last!