Last updated: 2/23/2012
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Street Address
809 8th Avenue Southeast
Cedar Rapids, IA 52406
Mailing Address
PO Box 2756
Cedar Rapids, IA 52406
phone: 319-862-2101
fax: 319-862-2105
web: www.blackiowa.org/
Hours
N/A
Admissions
N/A
Museum Type(s)
Services
Gift Shop
Special Event Rental
Group Tours
Staff
Tom Moore, Executive Director
Description

Iowan history showcased via interactive exhibits and exciting educational programs. Because African American history is American history.

Mission

To preserve, publicize, and educate the public on the African American heritage and culture of Iowa.

History

The heritage of African Americans in Iowa was in danger of being lost without major efforts to preserve it. In 1994, a small group from Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Cedar Rapids began the project in celebration of Black History Month.

Educational Programs

Public Programs

Whether our curator is speaking on Iowa’s Tuskegee Airmen, a local expert is presenting on their favorite topic, or our Education staff is offering History in the Park, the museum is always on the move.

ICNS

Not all students or homeschool groups can make a trip to the museum, so we use the wonders of technology to bring the museum to you. We offer ICN classes during the school year on a variety of topics, and like all of our workshops, they tie to the Iowa Core Curriculum. Sign up for one today!

Traveling Exhibits

Our traveling exhibits are a great way to showcase Iowa’s African American history. Covering a variety of topics, these displays pack small and impact large. See our website to learn more about traveling exhibits.

Library

Access: Scholars, Members

Appointment required: Yes

Publications

Iowa Griot

What is a griot? A griot (pronounced gree-oh) is the member of some West-African communities who keeps the history. The griot knows where the group has been, and thus where it is going.

The Iowa Griot, in the tradition of the African griot, endeavors to keep our history alive, so that, by knowing our past, we will make our future better. The Iowa Griot is the quarterly membership newsletter of the African American Museum of Iowa.

Please visit our website to sample the Griot’s content. To receive further issues of The Iowa Griot, become a member of the African American Museum of Iowa today!

ADA

Wheelchair Accessible

Services

Celebration Hall Rental

The African American Museum of Iowa (AAMI) offers two spaces for rent.

1.Aldeen Davis Celebration Hall – Located within the AAMI this facility looks out over the Harper Terrace and the Cedar River Trail to the Cedar River and can hold 240 persons theater style or 200 at round tables seating 8 per table. The Hall is equipped with a audio/visual system and projection screen and has an attached catering kitchen. This space is a common site for wedding receptions, community forums and business workshops.

2. AEGON Learning Lab – Located within the AAMI, this meeting room can hold 35 people. It offers a projection screen and audio capabilities, and is also home to the AAMI’s Library. This room is often used as a classroom, for business retreats or for small community gatherings.

The Nikee Gift Shop

Nikee is an Ghanaian word meaning “gift.” Our current offerings include art prints, books, magnets and cards–all with an African or African American flare. The Nikee Gift Shop has an excellent selection of gifts imported from Africa and many areas of the United States. You will find everything from traditional pieces like drums, sculptures and figurines, to hand-beaded necklaces and earrings – even 3D magnets. It also offers a large collection of art prints, greeting cards and books regarding Africa and African American history. These books vary from local to global levels and illustrate the impact that African American culture and inventions have made on our society.

Gift Shop

Special Event Rental

Group Tours

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MUSEUM CONFERENCES
Wednesday, September 1 - Thursday, September 30, 2021 — Virtual
CANCELLED: Florida Association of Museums 2021 Annual Conference
Monday, September 20 - Sunday, September 26, 2021 — Virtual
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American Association for State and Local History/AMA 2021 Annual Meeting
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