Upcoming Events!

Presented by AAMSAZ

Schools will Walk with Ruby (Bridges)
November 14th

Ruby Bridges is Coming to Tucson! 
Contact us about Sponsorships
November 17th

National Small Business Day – It’s Our Black Saturday
Saturday, November 26, 2022
Check out the Black Saturday Marketplace
10 -4 PM @ 4343 E.  22nd Street! 

Musical Melodies for the Museum
Friday, December 3rd, Tucson High School

Stay Tuned
Fred Snowden Former U of A Basketball Coach 
and the First African American Basketball Head Coach in the NCAA I
February 2023 TBD


AAMSAZ will present a cultural and educational experience by providing items of significance with stories of struggles and triumphs presented by knowledgeable volunteers and staff. We are devoted to gather and share stories, images, and artifacts as we document, digitize, and preserve African American and Black life, culture, and history in Southern Arizona to benefit the community.

September Is…

Hispanic American Heritage Month 9/15 – 10/15

Classical Music Month

National Breakfast Month

Did YOU Know?

Ulysses S. Kay… Born in Tucson in 1917?

He was an American Neo Classical composer. Educated at Yale University, Fulbright Scholar. In1991 he pinned his final opera Frederick Douglass, Listen and Enjoy!

Beverely Elliott and grandkids

Our Origin/Our History

In February 2021 Jeremiah “Jody”, our seven-year-old grandson, was assigned to complete a report during Black History month on an African American Hero. He went online and then asked, “Nanu (that’s what our grandchildren call me) don’t you help people with a museum in Michigan?” I said, “Yes, I do.” Then he went on to say, “So, where is the museum I can go to here in Tucson to learn about African American people who lived around here?”

I told him I would look into it and found what I already knew would probably be the case. The history of African American people, particularly around the country, is more like collections of artifacts, hearsay, documents, and things in trunks, garages, basements, and attics. Jody wanted me to know that we should have an official museum in Tucson and I agreed! So, on April 15, 2021 I began my research.

– Beverely Elliott

Mr.s Roosevelt and Robert Elliott

Our Collections

The AAMSAZ museum is a collective home for stories, artifacts, culture, genealogical data, and how it speaks to the African American human condition. AAMSAZ wants to expand its collections to represent the African American community in Southern Arizona. The collections are held in trust for the Southern Arizona community and for the world and are curated in perpetuity for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of current and future generations.

Photographed here: Fred “The Fox” Snowden – University of Arizona Head Basketball Coach 1972- 1982. First African American Basketball Coach for a Division I Major University. Taken in front of the newly built McKale Center.

Our Programs

Join us for quilting, fun with markers, dance, personal family history exploration, and more!
Grandma Sneed's Art

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