MINNESOTA AFRICAN AMERICAN

HERITAGE MUSEUM & GALLERY

Our Legacy ~ Our History ~ Our Minnesota Story



MAAHMG Response to COVID-19:

The Minnesota African American Heritage Museum and Gallery (MAAHMG) is taking every precaution for the safety and care of all visitors and volunteers. To proactively protect the community, the museum will be temporarily closed starting Sunday March 15, 2020. As a tourist destination and community gathering place, we feel it is our responsibility to temporarily close the museum to the public. We did not make this decision lightly, but the health and well-being of our community is our top priority. We look forward to welcoming you back when we reopen. For updates, please continue to follow our Facebook page and website at www.maahmg.org. Thank you for your support. MAAHMG Board

MAAHMG Message On the Killing of George Floyd:

In 1920, three black men were lynched by a white mob in Duluth. Their names are Elias Clayton, Elmer Jackson, and Isaac McGhie.

In 2020, George Floyd was killed by a white police officer in Minneapolis.

100 years have passed and Minnesota is still struggling with issues of institutional racism against African Americans which manifests itself in our criminal justice, social, educational, and economic systems. When will we learn? Minnesota, we can do better. We must do better.

The Minnesota African American Heritage Museum and Gallery will continue its mission to shine a light upon the history of African Americans in this State. We will continue to be a source of education about the African American experience in Minnesota. We will continue to provide a safe space for voices that are often ignored, and will partner with others fighting to make Minnesota a more equitable place to live for all of its residents.

We express our sincere condolences to George Floyd's family. George Floyd was a man. He was a son, father, brother and friend. His name and memory will live on as he has sparked a movement not only in Minnesota, but throughout the nation and the world for equal justice.

Sincerely, MAAHMG Board

THANK YOU to the Black Lives Matter Mural Artists (by the letter): B – Sean Philips, L – Timi Bliss, A – Beverly Tipton Hammond, C – Kelly Brown, K – Peyton Scott Russell, L – Brittany Moore, I – Donna Ray, V – A. Drew Hammond, E – Christopheraaron Deanes, S – Melodee Strong, M – Christopher E. Harrison, A – Reggie LeFlore, T – DeSean Hollie, T – Broderick Poole, E – Lissa Karpeh, R – Kenneth Caldwell (Black Lives Matter mural on Plymouth Avenue (photograph by Georgia Fort)7/18/2020 (See More on Events Page)

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Minnesota African American Heritage Museum and Gallery

1256 Penn Avenue N., Fourth Floor

Minneapolis, MN 55411

Free Admission

Free parking in the ramp



THANKS TO SUPPORTERS AND MEMBERS FOR YOUR GENEROUS DONATIONS TO THE MUSEUM! SUPPORTERS LIKE YOU ARE ESSENTIAL IN HELPING US PRESERVE AND SHARE THE CONTRIBUTIONS OF AFRICAN AMERICANS IN MINNESOTA. THE MUSEUM IS A 501(C)(3) NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION. YOUR TAX DEDUCTIBLE CHARITABLE GIFT HELPS TO SUPPORT EXHIBITIONS AND EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMING. PLEASE CONSIDER MAKING A GIFT TO THE MINNESOTA AFRICAN AMERICAN HERITAGE MUSEUM AND GALLERY (MAAHMG). THANK YOU!

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exhibitions at maahmg

BLACK INGENUITY: Past, Present and Future Innovators

Black Ingenuity features blacks in Minnesota who made an impact in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields through their research, inventions and designs. Visitors will learn about Frederick McKinley Jones, co-founder of Thermo King, whose refrigerated units revolutionized the long-distance transport of perishable goods. The exhibition also features Dr. Reatha Clark King, a hidden figure in the Apollo 11 space mission, and several other innovators including Alexander Miles, Clarence "Cap" Wigington, John J. Henry and Damaris Hollingsworth. The exhibition also highlights programs preparing future innovators such as Minnesota STEM Partnership and Young Builders and Designers. Opening reception January 9, 2020. Exhibition is open now through May 31, 2020.

"Unbreakable: Celebrating the Resilience of African Americans in Minnesota."

Exhibit features African American early settlers in the 1800s, and women trailblazers. Learn about the struggles and successes of African Americans who moved to Minnesota from the South during the “Great Migration.” Honor African Americans who served in the military during World Wars I and II during a time when the US military was segregated, and who fought for freedom abroad, but faced discrimination at home. Permanent exhibit on display now at MAAHMG.

"8 Seasons of Art" Exhibition + Documentary

This exhibition is derived from the documentary, now showing at the Museum, by film director Phillip McGraw, which follows the stories of some Twin Cities' painters, musicians, and poets as they use their art to address issues of social and economic injustice, racism and violence. Participating artists in the Exhibition include Ta-coumba Aiken, Kenneth Caldwell, Joe Davis and Broderick Poole. Showing now through May 31, 2020.

History Harvest: Traveling Exhibition

Tells the history of the African American community on the South side of Minneapolis. Now on display at the Hennipen County Hosmer Library in South Minneapolis.

The Minnesota African American Heritage Museum and Gallery is partnering with the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs for Black History Month. Stop by the Minnesota Veterans Affairs office at 20 W. 12th St, in St. Paul to see the Museum's exhibition on African Americans who served in the military especially World Wars I and II when the military was segregated.

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