National Afro American Museum and Cultural Center1350 Brush Row Road
Wilberforce, OH 45384-0578
937-376-4944 | https://www.ohiohistory.org/visit/museum-and-site-locator/national-afro-american-museum
National Afro American Museum and Cultural Center
The National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center shares African American history, art, and culture through its vast collection. Rotating exhibits explore the African American experience and the stories of individuals and groups who have shaped the culture of the United States.
The National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center shares African American history, art, and culture through its vast collection of Afro-American materials. Rotating exhibits explore African American experiences and the stories of individuals and groups who have shaped the culture, politics, education, and protection of the United States.
Wilberforce and Central State Universities, two historically black universities, provide an interesting backdrop for the museum’s discussions of its collection. Learn more about these universities in the museum’s timeline, which covers the universities’ beginnings related to Tawawa Springs health resort to important 20th century contributions by faculty and students.
Exhibits of ethnographic African objects and various topics of history or popular culture reflect the museum’s collection. Military exhibits relate to the military legacy of Wilberforce and Central State University and reveal the work of African American civilians and members of the Armed Forces in their work for a “Double Victory” against the Axis powers and oppression at home during World War II. Be sure to check out the exhibit on Colonel Charles Young, an accomplished soldier and civil rights leader who taught some of the first military science courses at Wilberforce University. Young’s home in Wilberforce is now a monument managed by the National Park Service.
Notes for Travelers
Dig further into the museum’s collection and archival materials by emailing the museum to set up an appointment to visit the museum’s archive.
Additional ResourcesShellum, Brian G. Black Officer in a Buffalo Soldier Regiment: The Military Career of Charles Young. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2010.
Takaki, Ronald T. Double Victory: A Multicultural History of America in World War II. Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 2001.