$10 Million Grant Will Allow America’s Black Holocaust Museum in Wisconsin to Reopen in February After 13-Year Shutdown

ABHM’s president and CEO, Dr. Robert Davis | Photo Credit: Milwaukee Independent

A $10 million grant from an anonymous donor will allow America’s Black Holocaust Museum to reopen in Milwaukee next month following years of struggles to remain viable.

The museum was founded in 1988 and closed in 2008. In 2017, ground was broken for a new site for the museum in the Bronzeville neighborhood, but it struggled with a lack of artifacts, exhibits, staff and educational programming.

But now, with a $10 million commitment made through the Greater Milwaukee Foundation the museum has been able to hire staff, finish the last three exhibits and purchase an additional building for educational space, said Dr. Robert Davis, president and CEO of the museum.

“At a time of hyperpolarization, we are in dire need of safe spaces and opportunities created to bring us together to explore difficult issues, to learn and to celebrate our history,” Davis said. “The reemergence of the museum is critical at this time for Bronzeville, Milwaukee and nationally.”

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