African American Cultural & Historical Museum

Telling the Stories of the African American Community

This display of the African American Cultural & Historical Museum of Washtenaw County is in the Washtenaw County Historical Consortium’s exhibit “History Unlocked”. The exhibit is at the Museum on Main Street in Ann Arbor and is open on Saturdays and Sundays, 12 noon-4 pm through March 20, 2016. The Museum is located at 500 N. Main (at the corners of E. Kingsley, Beakes and Main).
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Do you, your family, church, business or organization have items and artifacts to donate? We are asking the community to look in your attic, trunks, in the back of closets or talk to older relatives or neighbors and see if they have any items that may help tell the story of our community’s presence.The AACHM is actively collecting artifacts, archives, and oral histories that document and preserve Washtenaw County's African American history. These collections will serve as a foundation for exhibits and educational programs when the Museum opens at 1528 Pontiac Trail. The Museum library will have books on African and African American topics.We currently have more than 350 artifacts, archives, books and oral histories. Please contact us!
Exhibit at the Museum on Main Street
See a sample of artifacts the AACHM is collecting including this doll that belonged to the great grand daughter of Asher and Catherine Aray. The Arays were pioneers who arrived in the Michigan Territory in 1827 and were known conductors on the Underground Railroad. One of their properties was situated at one of the major Crossroads in Michigan, The Toledo Strip (later U.S. 23) and the Chicago Road which obviously ran from Chicago through Pittsfield and Ypsilanti and ends at the Detroit River. Their role in the “Escape of the 28” is well documented.
2016-2020 Strategic Plan
The AACHM has a new 5 year strategic plan to guide us through the next phase of growth and development. Under the leadership of Diana Kern from NEW - Solutions for Nonprofits in Ann Arbor, the Museum has a solid plan of action This goal was achieved due a grant we received from the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation.
What’s New on Pontiac Trail
As you go by the corner of Pontiac Trail and John A. Woods Drive, you will see changes.
The AACHM extends a special
thanks to our partners in this project
  • The Mosaic Foundation
  • (of R. & P. Heydon)
  • Richard Mitchell of Mitchell
  • & Mouat Architects
Who we are
The African American Cultural & Historical Museum of Washtenaw County (AACHM) was established in 1993.
Contact us
PO Box 130724
Ann Arbor, MI 48113
Telephone: 734-761-1717
Email: aachmuseum@gmail.com
What we do
Our mission is to gather the stories, images, artifacts and documents that preserve the history of African Americans in Washtenaw County.