What's Happening at the National Afro-American Museum & Cultural Center - Summer 2020


Coming Soon!

The National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center reopens July 29

After a long hiatus due to the COVID-19 health emergency, NAAMCC reopens on Wed., July 29, 2020. We will be open Wed-Sat 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Museum admission: $6/adult, $5/senior, $3/ages 6–17, Free/Ohio History Connection & NAAMCC members.

Please note that our reopening is subject to change based on the Ohio Dept. of Health orders. As you know, Governor Mike DeWine announced a statewide Public Health Advisory System. Based on where Greene County is related to that system on July 29, we may need to postpone our reopening. Visitors should call the museum before planning their trip.

We are committed to serving the needs of the public while taking precautionary steps on behalf of our visitors, staff, and the community. Masks are required for all visitors. We also ask that all visitors practice social distancing while enjoying the museum exhibits. 

NAAMCC will not offer any in-person museum programming until further notice. We will be offering virtual exhibit tours, lectures, and educational programming online starting in September. We will post details on programs and other information on our social media channels, including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. For more information, visit our website ohiohistory.org/naamcc or call 800.752.2603 ext. 0.

New Exhibit:
Queens of the Heartland opens August 29

One of Ohio's greatest legacies is a story rarely told. Since the 1800s, Ohio was at the heart of social change led by African American women. Not only was it was the first free state established from the Northwest Territory, but it was also home to some of the earliest universities for African Americans and women. Ohio drew Black women from across the country who found there wasn't space for them in their chosen professions, in education, or society at large, and so they built them here. 
Queens of the Heartland will feature 30 of these pioneering women in a new exhibition curated by the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center. The exhibit is presented to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment that gave American women the right to vote.
Visitors will learn these fantastic stories through panel text as well as three-dimensional objects.  Ohio-born Lucy Stanton Day Sessions was the first Black woman to complete a four-year course at an American college in 1850. She paved the way for Mary Jane Patterson, who in 1862 became the first to earn an official bachelor's degree when she also graduated from Oberlin.  Many of the most prominent and influential suffragists, such as Anna J. Cooper and Mary Church Terrell, were classmates in Ohio where they laid the groundwork that would ultimately result in the 19th amendment. 
This exhibit also features portrait illustration by New York artist Nichole Washington, whose work focuses on identity and celebrates the African American woman. In a recent interview with Refinery29, where her art is frequently shown, she offered a motto that would undoubtedly resonate with any of the 30 women in the exhibit: "Create from the inside out. Honor who you are on the inside and allow yourself to share that with the world." Washington's contribution brings a new perspective to modernize these indelible legacies, inspiring the next generation of young women and girls to carry the torch. For more information, visit our website ohiohistory.org/naamcc or call 800.752.2603 ext. 0.

This exhibit is partially supported by a grant from the 

Current Exhibits 

African Americans Fighting For a Double Victory—now through Sept. 2022
Behind the Mask-Black Power in Comics—now through 2022
What's in your attic? -Selections From Our Permanent Collection—now through Sept. 2022 

Upcoming 2020 Exhibits

Queens of the Heartland Opens August 29, 2020
2020 Art of Soul! Juried Art Show Opens Sept. 26, 2020, at the King Arts Complex, Columbus


NAAMCC call for
materials and personal stories
documenting the COVID-19 pandemic


For over thirty years, the National
Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center (NAAMCC), Wilberforce, Ohio has served the public through innovative programming, popular exhibitions, and the collection, preservation and presentation of African American History and culture. Our collections not only include a wide range of materials representing all aspects of America, but also specifically details that of Ohio. This includes modern events and our current national medical crisis should be no exception.

We know the COVID-19 pandemic doesn’t discriminate: the virus infects the rich and poor, the healthy and unhealthy, every race and every ethnic group. However, researchers and historians are still trying to understand how it impacts people of diverse races and ethnicities differently. Data is still being collected, but it appears that African Americans and Latinos are contracting the disease and dying at a higher rate than other races. How do we explain this disparity? Is it truly socio-economic, cultural or are there other reasons that have yet to be explored?

In much the same way we now look to the Spanish Flu of 1918 for answers to the current pandemic, we need to document as much from today’s pandemic to better inform the public in the future. We want to hear from you. Do you have a story you’d like to share with us about your experience with COVID-19, either directly or indirectly? Are you a healthcare provider working with COVID-19 patients or otherwise on the front lines of dealing with the public? We want to capture your experience to document the local, regional, and statewide African American COVID-19 experience. Please help us document these events. You can reach out to us on our Facebook or Instagram pages or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Become a supporter of $30 for 30 in 2020


For over 30 years, the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center is the place to learn about African American history and culture! We are not only a resource during Black History Month; we educate all audiences about the great achievements of Black Ohioans and national figures throughout the year.
We are continuing to receive donations during the COVID-19 health crisis, so thank you to all of you who have supported us. We hope you will give $30 or more to the campaign and encourage your family and friends to join you in supporting our mission. Your donations will support our educational programs, collections care, and facilities maintenance.

You can mail your $30 or more contribution to: 
National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center
P.O. Box 578
Wilberforce, Ohio 45384-0578

or call 800.752.2603 ext. 0 to make a credit card donation by phone.  

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