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Celebrating Diversity for Thirty (30) 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 (30) years. 

Our mission is to preserve, promote, educate 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 (20) years. Prior to our location here, we were at the Pensacola Cultural Center, 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.



African American History Book Club -  Member's Only Offering

Due to high demand and computer error, many members were unable to register for this event. As a result, this book club event has been rescheduled and will resume on March 28, 2021.

The African American History Book Club, is a member's only offering. Membership is open to ALL. Simply click on Membership at the top of this website to join at any membership level.

Registration Deadline: March 20, 2021 

Sign up:   African American History Book Club





WE ARE OPEN at VOICES MULTICULTURAL CENTER

117 E. Government Street, Pensacola, FL 32502

Please visit and tour our African American History Exhibit.


This exhibit explores a more complete history of America which includes Americans of African Descent arriving in Virginia in 1619, up to and including the present.

Voices visitors must wear a mask and socially distance while touring OR you may watch the virtual tour below.

Voices is Open for abbreviated hours during COVID as follows:

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 AM to 4 PM

Virtual Tour of Exhibit (below)            

African American History Exhibit AND Lecture:

Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow opened on Saturday, November 21, 2020 with Guest Lecturer Lillie Edwards, Ph.D.:

This exhibit explores and teaches the untaught history of America beginning in 1619 with the arrival of the first enslaved Africans that marked the beginning of enslaved humans in America. The Dutch slave ship arrived in Jamestown, Virginia, one year before the Mayflower.

This exhibit is a must for all who revere history and knowledge. The original groundbreaking and highly celebrated exhibit was curated by the storied New York Historical Society Museum & Library founded in 1804 as New York's first museum. The title of this exhibit suggests coverage of the singular time period of Jim Crow, as that was in fact the subject of the original eight (8) poster exhibit. However, the exhibit has been augmented with sixteen (16) additional posters curated by Cheryl Howard on behalf of the African American Heritage Society, to cover a significantly larger period beginning with the Continent of Africa, and continuing to the present, including current events, which are credited as the catalyst for the present social justice awakening.

The Exhibit is available (immediately below) on our website for virtual touring AND to visit in person at Voices of Pensacola, located at 117 E. Government Street. Pensacola, FL. 







 Stated in an address to the National Urban League in 1946:

"We must make every effort [to ensure] that the past injustice, violence and economic discrimination will be made known to the people."

"The taboo, the 'let's-not-talk-about-it' must be broken."

  Albert Einstein


To learn more about Mr. Einstein's commitment to Social Justice

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-celebrity-scientist-albert-einstein-used-fame-denounce-american-racism-180962356/



Sponsored By:

           

 



Lectures sponsored in part by the JOHN C. PACE lecture series.




Board of Directors:

           

Cheryl Howard, J.D., Co-Founder 

Marion Williams, Ph.D. 

Angela McCorvey, Ph.D., Vice President

Chris Hendricks    

Rev. Edward Hayes

Keya Wiggins Jackson, Ph.D.

Bill Caplinger       

                  

FOUNDING CIRCLE MEMBERSHIP:

Laurel Boyd, Ph.D.           Saundra Daggs

Jim Boyd, M.D.            Leon Daggs

     Dr. and Mrs. Lamont Canada

             The Late Judge and Mrs. Howard Bennett

Lornetta T. Epps, M.D.


One Moment Please!

If you would like to see more programming like this, and those events that are listed above under our Chronological History and Record of Events, please click on membership to join us, or donate to make a contribution. WE ARE A UNITED WAY OF WEST FLORIDA CERTIFIED AGENCY.

THE AFRICAN AMERICAN HERITAGE SOCIETY IS A 501(C)(3) NOT-FOR-PROFIT ORGANIZATION.

Donations ID: CH2065                                                  ALL DONATIONS ARE TAX-DEDUCTIBLE.



Permanent Exhibit

ALSO ON DISPLAY NOW

The African Presence in the Americas from the year 1492  

This Gallery Exhibit was acquired from The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture which is located at and generously supported by The New York Public Library.

This exhibit was paid for in part with an Arts Program grant provided by the Pensacola Chapter of The Links, Inc.



BELOW:  Slideshow of attendees at some of our Programs:


Achieving Social Justice through Education

The African American Heritage Society was founded upon the belief that in order to achieve social justice, we must begin with an informed and educated citizenry. This is why our mission statement, actions through our programming, and events over the decades have all been undergirded by education. Our Lecture Series, which has been very popular will continue, and this year we will seek to educate by providing a more complete history of America and it's relationship with Americans of African descent.

We know that American History, as taught in the U.S. school system is incomplete. It often leaves out important people, facts, and details, which if included could improve our collective understanding of how we as a nation have arrived at this particular moment in time, yet again. That moment in time that I refer to is this country's collective reckoning with the many social injustices that continue to exist within the everyday framework of our lives. There are emphatically dual systems of engagement for people of different "races" within this one country. How did that happen? We will answer that question and more this season by providing an historical context to the questions: How did African Americans arrive in America? When? For what purpose? What atrocities have we been legally subjected to? How have we survived? What contributions have we made despite the odds? What is the current state of this 'union'?

We sincerely believe that the best way to effect change is not to ignore historical facts and wish them away, but to face those historical facts soberly, and intentionally, no matter how dark and difficult to accept. By doing this, we operate from the position of knowledge, rather than ignorance, as the former yields greater understanding and a resulting lack of tolerance for injustice. 

Please stay tuned for our co-sponsored exhibit, "Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow", with the University of West Florida's Historic Trust, opening in November 2020.  Our "More Complete" American History lecture series will be implemented in conjunction with the exhibit over the course of several months. 

Do you recognize the people or history associated with the events depicted below? Their significance to American History along with many other people, places, and American historical facts will be explored and taught about as part of our Black Citizenship in the age of Jim Crow exhibit.




LEARN: 

1)  What does "Jim Crow" mean and how was it used in Florida. The video, "Jim Crow in Florida" is provided by the Florida Humanities Council and provides educational information as to the meaning of "Jim Crow", how it evolved, its' purposes, and more. (Watch below).

2)  The National Archives has provided original footage of the original March on Washington in 1963. (Watch below).



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ABOUT US

The African American Heritage Society of Pensacola, Florida has served the region for the past twenty-nine years. Our Mission is to preserve, promote and integrate African American history, heritage, culture and diversity in the greater Northwest Florida region and to promote cultural tourism. 


We are a 501 (c) (3) organization founded September 12, 1990. During this time, we have brought an array of artists, scholars and historians to Pensacola to celebrate African American heritage.


Through quality programming, the African American Heritage Society has offered retrospective exhibits in the visual arts and humanities, performing arts programs, films and educational lectures, all highlighting a broad spectrum of the African Americans' unique and creative contributions to American life.



We are OPEN and our African American History Exhibit, “Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow” is on display at:

Voices Multicultural Center

117 E. Government Street

Pensacola, FL 32502



Address:    (Alternate Address in use during COVID and to display our Current Exhibit - See Above)

Historic District

The Coulson House

200 Church Street | Pensacola, Florida 32502

Email: aahspensacola@gmail.com (Preferred Contact)

(850) 469-1456