American  Museum of
African  American  Heritage



Knowledge. Truth. Inspiration.

The American Museum of African Heritage seeks to preserve the rich history of people of African descent in America.



"History matters. It provides our identity, it structures our relationships, and it defines the terms of our debates. We must learn from it, even if doing so is, at times, annoying and uncomfortable. Yet experience makes clear that classrooms alone cannot be relied on to teach the lessons that must be learned by the vast numbers of Americans whose collective future may depend on that education. History must be taught not only in the academy but in the variety of nonacademic settings where Americans go to learn."

Dr.James Oliver Horton, The George Washington University    
Benjamin Banneker Professor of History & American Studies   

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A Comprehensive Timeline of African
American History Spanning Four Centuries

a museum especially designed to
re-invigorate and re-energize

- N E W S -

2007 Exhibition of the Mitchell Collection at the Adam Clayton
Powell Jr. State Office Building, Harlem, NY --
[Press Release]












































Imagine: You have already spent almost an hour at the Museum of African American History in Harlem. You are entering a relatively small theater with 50 others visitors. All of a sudden a holographic image of Frederick Douglass appears in the semi-darkened room right before your very eyes. Frederick welcomes everyone and then, in a booming “Ozzie-Davis-like” voice, gives his famous July 5th Speech. “Fellow citizens, pardon me, allow me to ask, why am I called upon to speak here today? What have I, or those I represent, to do with your national independence? Are the great principles of political freedom and of natural justice, embodied in that Declaration of Independence, extended to us? and am I, therefore, called upon to bring our humble offering to the national altar, and to confess the benefits and express devout gratitude for the blessings resulting from your independence to us?...” Six to seven minutes later Mr. Douglass is done with the speech and he vanishes. There is a pregnant silence. Everyone is in awe and almost overwhelmed. Speechless, you and everyone else leave the room, walking into a special area where an actual copy of the speech you just heard is exhibited in a well-lit large case in the center of the room…one of the several copies of the speech still in existence.


This is the kind of experience that people of all ages will never, never forget. And this is the kind of heart-and-mind connection that helps to make The African American History Museum in Harlem an unforgettable experience for all, transcending race, class, religion, politics, gender and generation. The timeline of four centuries of African American history will be something that will create the kind of word-of-mouth buzz that will continue to grow as time passes.


The African American History Museum will be a highly-interactive, kids-of-all-ages-friendly place – complete with interactive exhibits, holographic images of historic figures, video games and more – designed to inform the viewer about the past four centuries of African American history as a timeline. “A place to which kids drag their parents!”


We will identify 16-20 of the premier documents/artifacts of African American history and we will fabricate highly technical, dramatic and experiential exhibits around those specific pieces (1667 Manhattan Land Grant, etc.). If we have 4 levels in the museum – one level per century of history – we can create 4-5 of those experiential exhibits on each level. The museum visitor is mentally, emotionally and in some cases even physically engaged. This will give an air of expectancy that keeps visitors on their toes…“Wow! That was incredible! What’s around the next corner?!” 


The African American History Museum will dip back in time using the Rosetta Stone as the literal touchstone to ancient times. In this manner, people will know that Black History didn’t start with slavery. A special section of the museum will be represented by artifacts and images of the ancient African Kingdoms – Mali, Great Zimbabwe, Ghana, Ashanti, Benin, etc. The ancient African aspect of the exhibit will also be a tool for healing, mutual respect and cultural understanding between Africans and African Americans.


The African American History Museum will be non-partisan and a unifier of the races. A place for healing and honest, thoughtful discourse. Not so much Afro-centric or Euro-centric. Truth-centric. A special section of the museum will be dedicated to the many Caucasians who sacrificed their lives for the anti-slavery cause. Anyone visiting the museum will be able to leave the museum visit without feeling pounded by anger or guilt. We will be intentional about welcoming Democrats, Republicans, Independents and others to be a part of every aspect of the planning,  development and the enjoyment of the entire museum project.


The African American History Museum will also have a Research Center boasting a large collection of vintage newspapers clarifying African American history. These newspapers tell the story in the words of the people who experienced the history. The Research Center will host an annual symposium, with students and scholars sharing the forgotten historical people and events they have uncovered over the previous year.


Another important aspect of The African American History Museum is a special section dedicated to the “History of Entrepreneurship of African Americans Over the Past Four Centuries.” Madam C.J. Walker, Paul Cuffe and so many more. This is an especially important exhibit. Success and growth in spite of slavery, reconstruction, the Depression, Jim Crow, etc. is a remarkable story all in itself. It’s like grass growing through concrete. The context of this history is what makes it so compelling.


The African American History Museum in Harlem will be the hub of many educational and inspirational efforts, collaborating with African American history museums around the United States. Also, The African American History Museum in Harlem will be a part of a global network of Black History Galleries in major cities across the country and in selected cities internationally.


The new Museum will also usher in a “Second Harlem Renaissance,” where new writers, poets, playwrights, musicians, artists, and sculptors alike can flourish successfully.

      This Museum:
  1. Will tears down barriers between Blacks and Whites, young and old, the various political ideologies...
  2. Will open and change hearts and minds...
  3. Will surround Black people with their ancestors, giving a sense of awe and wonderment for all...
  4. Will cause people to think and want to learn more, leading to continuing achievement, scholarship and education...
  5. Will leave a legacy...




The Freedom's Journey Foundation is the organization developing the American Museum of African Heritage.

The purpose of this world class center is to create a legacy and living experience

to the people of the African Diaspora in the Americas.


The American Museum of African Heritage proposed location is Harlem U.S.A. and shall be national in scope. The Foundation, after careful analysis, decided to expand it's original goal from the Civil Rights Movement, to that encompassing a variety of themes and topics effecting people of color. The focus is on those individuals who originated at some point in their human journey, from the continent of Africa to the Western Hemisphere, and those people or institutions that provided African-Americans with meaningful support of historic, economic, educational, political or cultural significance.

It is the belief and mission of the Freedom's Journey Foundation, that we are committed to gather and share the necessary information from reliable sources, on the culture, history, achievements and challenges, and the artistic expression of African Heritage.

The American Museum of African Heritage seeks to:

  • Create a permanent recognition and honor to the struggle for human and civil rights in the United States.
  • Recognize the historical, scientific, economic, and cultural achievements of African descendants in the Americas who made personal, often physical, sacrifice to overcome obstacles for the betterment of many.
  • Provide a venue to learn about achievements and the struggles as well as modern-day challenges to ensure dignity and personal liberty

Executive Director
Rev. Adolph Roberts


Rev. Wyatt Tee Walker

Jerome Riley

Mary Moultrie

Robert Ford-Rowe

Frank Whitted


"Greatness Is Measured By What Has Been Overcome."



Freedom's Journey Foundation, Inc.
231 West 142nd Street, New York, NY 10030
TEL 212.234.4926     FAX 212.234.4927

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A wide variety of non-paid internship opportunities are available. The process is competitive
and requires a recommendation from a college faculty member. Opportunities are also available as
research assistants, prospect researchers, media relations assistants, accountant, Web site developers, etc.

Office Volunteers
Volunteers are frequently needed for staffing the reception desk and the
telephone, and preparing mailings and other office duties.

Special Events Volunteers
Community events and those sponsored by the Freedom's Journey Foundation and the American Museum
of African Heritage
provide opportunities for volunteers to staff information booths and assist in preparation.

Ronda Sally, Volunteer Coordinator




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