Message from the community: US Black Holocaust Museum receives $ 10 million pledge

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The American Black Holocaust Museum (ABHM) has received a $ 10 million pledge from an anonymous donor through the Greater Milwaukee Foundation. This transformational commitment comes in support of ABHM’s recent announcement to reopen on February 25, 2022 and a strategic plan from NMBL Strategies that provides a roadmap for growth and sustainability for generations to come.

“In an age of hyperpolarization, we urgently need safe spaces and created opportunities to come together to explore difficult issues, learn and celebrate our history,” said Dr Robert (Bert ) Davis, President and CEO of the American Black Holocaust Museum. “The re-emergence of the museum is critical at this time for Bronzeville, Milwaukee and nationally, and I am honored and honored to continue the work and legacy of our founder, Dr. James Cameron, through this generous commitment. “

An official announcement and check presentation was made Wednesday, December 8 at 10 a.m. at the museum, 401 W. North Avenue in Milwaukee.

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The commitment will be made in two phases – an initial grant of $ 5 million and a future commitment of an additional $ 5 million.

The main objective of the first phase is to open and expand the museum for public use. The funds will support the expansion and improvement of exhibits in the building, including any necessary additions

and upgrades as well as the grand reopening. The engagement will also support critical operations such as adding key personnel and community programs. The expansion will include the acquisition of a building adjacent to 324 W. North Avenue for university programming.

Phase two will support the museum’s long-term sustainability and development goals to ensure that the mission and vision can be achieved in perpetuity.

“With this new investment, America’s Black Holocaust Museum is poised to grow as an unprecedented destination for knowledge and connection – a gem of our city that enhances the

surrounding neighborhoods and serves as a beacon for racial justice everywhere, ”said Ellen

Gilligan, President and CEO of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation. “The generational work of the ABHM aligns with the vision of the Founding of a Milwaukee for All, and on behalf of our anonymous donor, we hope that this commitment will inspire others to support and support the museum in its vital mission. “

The museum, as a physical space and a virtual museum, is crucial as an anchoring institution in the heart of Bronzeville’s historic Milwaukee district – and as a place of learning, healing and reconciliation.

About the American Black Holocaust Museum

For 20 years, ABHM has served as a cultural cornerstone and educational institution welcoming local, national and international visitors from all walks of life to the city of Milwaukee. His physical return to Bronzeville celebrates the history of the neighborhood and encourages efforts to develop the cultural and entertainment district of Bronzeville.

The ABHM is dedicated to the legacy of Dr. Cameron, one of the few known survivors of a lynching in American history. He founded the ABHM to explore little-known stories of the African-American experience and the nefarious legacy of slavery, as well as to promote racial redress, reconciliation and healing. After closing its doors in 2008, the museum continued to educate others by launching a virtual museum in 2012 ( The museum is now set to reopen as a physical space on the very imprint of its predecessor at the corner of Vel R. Phillips and North avenues.

About the Greater Milwaukee Foundation

The Greater Milwaukee Foundation is the largest community foundation in Wisconsin and one of the first in the world. For over a century, the Foundation has been at the heart of the civic community, helping donors achieve the greatest philanthropic impact, elevating the work of change makers in neighborhoods, and bringing together people and organizations to help our region to prosper. Racial equity is the North Star of the Foundation, guiding its investments and strategies for social and economic change. Drawing on generations of community knowledge, cross-sector partnerships and over $ 1 billion in financial assets, the Foundation is committed to reinventing philanthropy, refocusing communities and redesigning systems to transform our region. into a Milwaukee for everyone. | @GrMKEFdn |

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