Welcome to ABHvM!

ABHvM builds public awareness of the harmful legacies of slavery in America and promotes racial repair, reconciliation, and healing.

We envision a society that remembers its past in order to shape a better future – a nation undivided by race where every person matters equally.


 ABHvM is a Virtual Museum:

Founded in 1984 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, ABHM’s building closed during the Great Recession of 2008.

A community group formed to honor the vision and mission of ABHM’s founder, Dr. James Cameron. We put its exhibits online and developed educational programming in libraries, churches, and other facilities locally, regionally, and nationally.

Now, in addition to this Virtual Museum, a new physical museum space is about to open in late Fall 2018!

There are many things you can do and learn in the 3200+ online exhibits here:

• Visit our virtual 3304949447 to learn about little-known parts of African American History.

• Catch up on 716-775-5306 in the ongoing struggle for rights and respect for African Americans. 





To contact this Virtual Museum, email: connect (at) abhmuseum.org

NOTE: Please do not contact us at this time about scheduling a tour or event. Our physical museum is still under construction and not yet ready to accommodate these. We ask that you be patient – and watch this space for our Fall 2018 announcement about scheduling!

Tours & Events at the New ABHM

We are in the exciting final stages of completing the build-out of ABHM’s new exhibit space, planned to open in Fall 2018.

We are not ready at this time to take requests for tours and for use of ABHM’s community space. Please do not contact us yet for tours and events. We will let you know when we are ready to schedule your tours and events: Watch this space for updates!

Thank you for your patience and continued support of our growth process!

 ABHM plans to re-open on the ground floor of the new Griot Building in Fall 2018!

The new ABHM galleries, currently under construction, are scheduled to open in Fall 2018. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

You can help bring ABHM home!

Your contribution  – large or small – will make this new museum possible.


  • To make a tax-deductible donation by CREDIT CARD, please click the Donate Button below.

  • To make a tax-deductible donation by CHECK, please make it payable to the Dr. James Cameron Legacy Foundation and mail to:

Dr. James Cameron Legacy Foundation

11933 W. Burleigh Street, Suite 100

Milwaukee WI 53223


  • To make a NAMING OPPORTUNITY GIFT, please contact Nancy Ketchman, Fund Development Specialist, at 414-305-6923 or nancyketchman (at) gmail.com. 

ABHM is a program of the Dr. James Cameron Legacy Foundation, a 501(c)3 charitable organization.  All gifts are tax-deductible. Thank you so much!

Why invest in this museum?

More than ever, our nation needs the healing vision of Dr. James Cameron, the museum’s founder. He dreamed of our nation as “one single and sacred nationality” and believed we could achieve a just and peaceful society through education and empathy building.

Dr. Cameron’s vision is as relevant and compelling today as it was when he survived a 1930 lynching at age sixteen. This new space will serve as a place where people from our city and visitors from around the world can experience and discuss African American history as an integral part of American history.

Please join ABHM’s Capital Campaign and invest in Dr. Cameron’s vision!


Winner of the 2016 IPPY Silver Medal for Non-Fiction, Great Lakes Region

Winner of the 2016 IPPY Silver Medal for Non-Fiction, Great Lakes Region

New, greatly expanded – and award-winning – edition of Dr. Cameron’s memoir, A Time of Terror: A Survivor’s Story

The book includes the only eyewitness account of a lynching ever written by a survivor.

• Read more about the book and download excerpts here.

• Buy individual copies at Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

• Buy in quantity for your class or book club (518) 286-8911 (scroll to Quantity Sales form).


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