The Minnesota African American Heritage Museum and Gallery (MAAHMG) will open September 8, 2018, in THOR Companies’ new headquarters, 1256 Penn Ave. N., in Minneapolis.
The Museum will tell the stories of African Americans in Minnesota through creative exhibitions, unique programming, and exciting events. The inaugural exhibit features African American pioneers who settled in the state and women who made their mark on Minnesota and
It also highlights the impact of the “Great Migration” on Minnesota, and pays tribute to African Americans who served in WWI and other wars. Compelling visuals and informative exhibits will provide visitors an opportunity to learn about the history of Minnesota’s African American population. The Museum will also host a children’s literacy and reading circle on Saturday mornings.
The Museum, founded by local residents Coventry Cowens and Tina Burnside, is a new organization, unrelated to any previous museums. The Museum is a much-needed resource as Minnesota is one of the few states that does not have an African American history museum.
Cowens and Burnside stated “African Americans have a long and rich history in Minnesota that needs to be told and shared with everyone. African American history is American history.”
The Museum will be open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 1 pm to 5 pm; Thursdays from 1 pm to 7 pm; and Saturdays from 9 am to 12 pm. Admission is free. For more information: www.maahmg.org.