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Ongoing Program/Presentations

2023 AAMSAZ Winter Gala
Jewel In the Desert
It’s a Costume Gala!


DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Tucson Reid Park

445 South Alvernon Way

Tucson, AZ 85711


November 17th, 2023, 5:00 PM


$ 75 per person

Tickets and Sponsorship options are available. 

We are CLOSED on all federal and local holidays

To set up a tour or visit the museum, it is by appointment.

October – Open by appointment through December 16th

October 26th – Closed for Special Event

November 17th – AAMSAZ Winter Gala Jewel In the Desert

December 16th – January 10, 2024 – Closed


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. 

Our Mission:

We are devoted to gathering and sharing 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. 

Our Vision:

To serve as a resource and to provide the community with an applied and virtual venue and repository for stories, histories, and cultural contributions by African Americans and Blacks in Southern Arizona.

With your help!

A Bench on the UA Campus for

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson

Past Events and Community Outreach

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  • The Award Presentation with Cox Communications

    August 15, 2023
  • Our ED, Beverely Elliott is being honored in October!

    October 26, 2023
  • Thank you, OneAZ Credit Union!

    July 31, 2023
  • Beyond Juneteenth

    June 19, 2023
  • Thank you the College of Humanities

    June 24, 2023
  • BPA-Black Pilots of America! 

    June 24, 2023

    June 24, 2023
  • Supporting the Mission of HISTORY!

    June 24, 2023
  • Pop-up museum with GEICO

    June 14, 2023
  • Juneteenth HCD Celebration

    JUNE 13, 2023
  • Juneteenth Festival Committee, Inc. /Kick Off

    June 10, 2023
  • The Mountain View Hotel in Oracle, AZ

    April 8, 2023
  • Discover Bisbee, AZ, and Camp Naco: A PBS Special

    May 7, 2023
  • Student Voices: UA Students Speak Out about Social Justice and Empowerment

    February 28, 2023
  • Musical Melodies at Tucson HS

    February 10, 2023

    This Month is …

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    LGBTQ+ History Month: Commemorate LGBTQ+ history and champions of equality.

    Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Join the battle against breast cancer through awareness and research support.

    National Book Month: Dive into literature, fostering reading and sharing inspiring, educational, and entertaining stories.

    National Hispanic Heritage Month (9/15 – 10/15) Celebrating Latino Culture and Heritage! Enjoy music, dance, and food!

    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

    Legacy Founder Investors
    Thank you for your support!

    Cox Communication
    Zuckerman Family Foundation
    Elliott Family Charities
    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
    Come Visit Us!

    To set up a tour or visit the museum, it is by appointment.

    Hours: Wednesday through Saturday from 10 AM – 4 PM.

    Please check our schedule.

    “Have you visited the museum?”

    We offer a prerecorded 360-degree Virtual Tour available online. In the meantime, check out Annie Sykes, Anthony McDonald, Emma Marquez Peterson, and others to provide you with 3 minutes of education about some of our exhibitions.

    Website by AAMSAZ and CS Design Studios

    Logo Design by Felicia Penza -feliciapenza@gmail.com

    Museum Location
    • Museum is located on the Campus of the University of Arizona
      Student Union Room 244

      (1303 E University Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85719)
      Park in the 2nd Street Garage

    Business Office

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