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
Hours
Tuesday - Saturday2 PM - 5:30 PM
Admissions
Free. Donations Accepted.
Services
Gift Shop
Staff
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
Description

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.

Mission

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

History

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
    Facilities

    Auditoriums

    Lecture Halls

    Performance Areas

    Governance

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

    Library

    Access: General Public, Students, Scholars, Members

    Appointment required: No

    Publications

    Brochures

    ADA

    Wheelchair Accessible

    Parking

    Restrooms

    Services

    Gift Shop

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    MUSEUM CONFERENCES
    Saturday, March 5 - Tuesday, March 8, 2022 — Richmond, Virginia
    Virginia Association of Museums Annual Conference 2022
    Richmond, Virginia
    Sunday, March 6 - Thursday, March 10, 2022 — St. Louis, Missouri
    2022 Public Land Alliance Convention and Trade Show
    St. Louis, Missouri
    Wednesday, March 16 - Friday, March 18, 2022 — Kingsport, Tennessee
    Tennessee Association of Museums 2022 Annual Conference
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    Tuesday, March 22 - Friday, March 25, 2022 — Waco, Texas
    Texas Association of Museums 2022 - Growing Together: Tackling The Challenges Of Today & Tomorrow
    Waco, Texas
    Thursday, April 7 - Saturday, April 9, 2022 — Point Pleasant, West Virginia
    West Virginia Association of Museums 2022 Conference
    Point Pleasant, West Virginia
    Sunday, April 24 - Tuesday, April 26, 2022 — Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
    PA Museums’ 2022 Conference
    Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
    Sunday, May 15 - Saturday, May 28, 2022 — Statesboro, Georgia
    Center of Excellence Tick Workshop 2022
    Statesboro, Georgia
    Monday, May 16 - Wednesday, May 18, 2022 — St. Louis, Missouri
    InterActivity 2022: Play The Long Game -Association of Children's Museums
    St. Louis, Missouri
    Thursday, May 19 - Sunday, May 22, 2022 — Slinger, Wisconsin
    2022 Fire Museum Seminar
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    Sunday, June 19 - Wednesday, June 22, 2022 — Golden, Colorado
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    Thursday, June 23 - Tuesday, June 28, 2022 — Tacoma, Washington
    ALHFAM 2022 CONFERENCE & ANNUAL MEETING
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    Monday, August 1 - Friday, August 5, 2022 — Owings Mills, Maryland
    ASSOCIATION OF NATURE CENTER ADMINISTRATORS 2022 ANNUAL SUMMIT
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    Wednesday, September 14 - Saturday, September 17, 2022 — Buffalo, New York
    American Association for State and Local History 2022 On-site and Virual Conferences
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