History of the AAM
In 1974, the Dallas African American Museum was founded on the campus of Bishop College. The original name of the Museum was the "Southwest Research Center and Museum of African-American Life and Culture." After its founding, the Museum developed and sponsored programs and activities that highlighted its mission. It sponsored African and African-American art exhibitions, a lecture series named in honor of Bishop College's first African-American president Joseph J. Rhoads, and a biennial Texas women's conference that was eventually named for Dallas journalist and local historian Dickie Foster.
In 2019, the African American Museum celebrated its 45th Anniversary. With widespread community support, it has become one of the most successful museums promoting and preserving African American history and culture in the United States. For example, in 2019-2020, the Museum sponsored two widely acclaimed exhibitions: "The Paradox of Liberty: Slavery at Jefferson's Monticello" and "The Kinsey African American Art and History Collection." These two exhibitions attracted over 75,000 visitors to the Museum and highlighted the success of the Museum in attracting a diverse audience from the local community as well as people visiting Dallas from elsewhere.
The African American Museum continues to collect the personal papers of people in the local community and artifacts that highlight the African and African-American experience. Currently, the Museum holds fifty-eight archival collections and over 200 artifacts,
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