Last updated: 3/16/2021
Muskegon Heights, Michigan
Street Address
7 East Center Street
Muskegon Heights, MI 49440
Mailing Address
P.O. 4582
Muskegon Heights, MI 49440
Tuesday - Saturday2 PM - 5:30 PM
Free. Donations Accepted.
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William C. Muhammad, Member of Board Trustee
Willi Burrel, Member of Board of Trustees
phone: 231-739-9500
Michael Watkins, Member of Board of Trustees
phone: 231-739-9500
Dylan Hock, Member of Board of Trustees
phone: 231-739-9500

The Muskegon County Museum of African American History is being developed by community people for community people. Its primary goal is to provide local historical African American legacy information that will instill pride and motivation for young African Americans. While there will be a state and national presence, the primary focus is Muskegon County. The current major project is to identify and interview people or family members of people who were the "first" African American to own a business, hold political office or other notables and create a wall of Muskegon County "firsts" and other notables. Another major project is to create ongoing funding sources so we can hire staff and provide for the day-to-day operating costs. The museum has a fund development committe to help with this.

The Obama Corner: Learn about the man who became the first African American President in our Nation's history. This is an ongoing exhibit.

African American History in Muskegon County: Explore the important roles African Americans played, and continue to take on, as citizens of Muskegon in shaping Muskegon County. This is an ongoing exhibit.

New Exhibits at the Muskegon County Museum of African American History: 'The History of the African American Church in Muskegon County' Also, 'THOSE WHO SING THE BLUES', an exibit of 12 paintings by Art Professor Jon McDonald

Saturday, August 20th, the museum will sponsor a lecture entitled: "SINGIN' AND PICKIN' THE BLUES" Lecture given by Prof. Jon McDonald Lecture begins at 3:00PM. Museum opens at 2:00PM All are invited.


OUR PURPOSE IS TO ELEVATE THE KNOWLEDGE ABOUT AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY IN OUR COUNTY, COUNTRY and,AFRICA, especially among AFRICAN AMERICANS. WE ARE A COMMUNITY MUSEUM. WE WANT THE COMMUNITY TO SUPPORT IT. THE major projects at this time is the history of the AA Church in Muskegon County, African artifacts,and history of slavery in American


We developed out of the large civil rights movement in our county during the 1960s. we wanted to go beyond protest, violent, and begging. we believe knowledge will make you free. we started in December 26, 2006. we have one expansion project in 2010.

The museum is a result of a group of people meeting after two community forums did not generate enough community interest, afterwards, to begin exploring methods of organizing for community change. Mrs Margaret Burroughs, one of the founders of the Dusable Museum in Chicago, Illinois traveled to Muskegon bringing an outline for starting a museum; Judy Hayner, executive director of the Muskegon Museum of Art and John McGarry, executive director of the Muskegon County Museum provided invaluable information re: planning, defining the museum, curatorial duties and day-to-day operations of a museum. The museum opened on December 26, 2006. The Board of Trustees also visited the Dusable Museum and local museums to get a feel for what a museum is.

Artifact Collections

Items and exhibits pertaing to Black History.

  • Educational Programs

    Community can do research, listen to audios, and hear lectures and discussions on AA struggles. we encourage field trip.

    • Museum tours
    • Special programs
    • Exhibitions
    • Et cetera


    Lecture Halls

    Performance Areas


    The museum is governed by an eight member Board of Trustees.


    Access: General Public, Students, Scholars, Members

    Appointment required: No




    Wheelchair Accessible




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    Wednesday, September 1 - Thursday, September 30, 2021 — Virtual
    CANCELLED: Florida Association of Museums 2021 Annual Conference
    Friday, October 1 - Sunday, October 31, 2021 — Virtual
    Arriving this October: The Western Museum Association Roadshow!
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    Monday, November 29 - Wednesday, December 1, 2021 — Washington, District of Columbia
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