WELCOME TO THE

AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM

OF SOUTHERN ARIZONA

AAMSAZ

We Are A Movement, Not Just a Museum!

Looking For Volunteers!

We’re excited to announce that our physical museum location is close to opening. We are looking for volunteers that will help keep things running smoothly. If you are interested, we will be holding training sessions in 2-4 hour slots. Please contact us for more information!

Upcoming Events!

Presented by AAMSAZ
  • National Small Business Day

    11/26/2022

    It’s Our Black Saturday
    Check out the Black Saturday Marketplace
    10 -4 PM @ 4343 E.  22nd Street! 

  • Coach Fred Snowden’s 50th Anniversary

    2/3/2023

    6 PM
    Fred Snowden Former U of A Basketball Coach and the First African American Basketball Head Coach in the NCAA I

  • Musical Melodies for the Museum

    Coming next year!

    Located at Tucson High School

    Welcome

    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.

    Coming in November

    National Native American Month
    Enjoy, the music, the food, the fellowship.


    Veterans Day – 11/11


    Thanksgiving Day – 11/24


    Black Friday – 11/25

    Honor, Valor, Bravery!

    Happy Veteran’s Day and thank you to all service people who were and are dedicated to protecting our country!

    Sergeant Benjamin Brown

    Arizona Buffalo Soldier – National Medal of Honor Recipient – Sergeant Benjamin Brown. His Great Niece, Trudy Bradfield Taliaferro, Tells the story!

    Sergeant James Clark

    Tucson’s James Clark interviewed at Fort Lowell Park / 1984 Recording – intro to 2 minutes Produced for Ft. Huachuca /Don Long & Paul Moake Producers.

    Heroes – Sheroes!!

    Did you know about the all Black 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion? Listen to Terry Crews as he narrates this very important story that was almost lost (6 minute video) Honored 75 Years Later!

    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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