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Celebrating Diversity for Thirty-three (33) Years.

The African American Heritage Society, Inc. was founded September 12,1990 as a 501(c) 3 organization and has operated continuously with vision and purpose for thirty-three (33) years. 

Our mission is to preserve, promote, and integrate African American history, heritage, culture and diversity in Pensacola and the Greater Gulf Coast Region through education and the humanities, and to continue to lead the area in supporting and promoting Cultural Tourism in Northwest Florida.

Through quality programming, the African American Heritage Society ("the Society") has offered retrospective exhibits in the visual arts and humanities, performing arts programs, cultural festivals, as well as educational lectures, all highlighting a broad spectrum of the African American unique and creative influences and contributions to American life. 

Please click the link above entitled 'chronological history & record of events' for a listing of the many transformative presentations that we have presented in Pensacola and the surrounding Greater Gulf Coast Region.



The Historic "Coulson House" was built in 1865 and has been the Headquarters of the African American Heritage Society for twenty-two (22) years. Prior to our location here, we were at the Pensacola Cultural Center which is also in the Historical District, from 1990 to 2000. The above photo is of the entrance to the Gallery.

Non Discrimination Statement:

The African American Heritage Society, Inc. was also founded upon the principles of diversity and inclusion. The Society does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, religion, ethnicity, color, sexual orientation, nor disability. Employment opportunities, membership, attendance and access to our center, gallery, programs, and events are open to ALL, and we invite you to join us.

Highlights In Black History: March

March 1

Howard University, Washington DC, charted, 1867

March 2

Freedman's Bureau founded for Black Education, 1865

March 3

Richard Allen founded AME Church, 1794

Garrett Morgan, inventor, born 1877 - 1963

March 4

Crispus Attucks died, 1723 - 1770

March 6

Dred Scott Supreme Court decision declares black Americans are not citizens of the U.S., 1857

March 9

Harriet Tubman, "engineer" of the Underground Railroad, died, 1821 - 1913

March 11

Benjamin Banneker with L'Enfant began to lay out Washington in the District of Columbia, 1789

March 12

Jeanne Baptiste Pointe de Sable founded settlement now known as Chicago, Ill, 1773

March 13

Eli Whitney patented the cotton gin, based on the ideas and plans of a slave, 1794

Fannie Lou Hamer, freedom fighter, died 1977

Absalom Jones ordained first Black priest in Episcopal Church

March 14

African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church founded, 1821, New York

March 15

Freedom's Journal, first Black newspaper, published by John Russwurm and Samuel Cornish, 1827

March 16

Norbert Rillieux, inventor of sugar refining, born 1806-1894

March 17

The Phoenix Society founded 1833, New York

March 19

Jan Matzeliger invented the first machine to manufacture entire shoe, 1883

March 20 Patience Singleton friend of compiler of most of these

facts born

March 21

Nambia gained its independence, 1990

Alonzo Pietro, pilot, sailed with Columbus, 1492

Selma Freedom March, 1965

March 25

Scottsboro Boys arrested, Point Rock, Alabama, 1931

March 26

Thomas J Martin awarded patent for fire extinguisher, 1872

William Hastie, first Black federal judge, appointed 1937

March 28

New York State abolished slavery, 1799

Ohio passed law restricting the movement of Black Americans, 1804

March 30

15th amendment gave Black Americans the right to vote, 1870