America’s Black Holocaust Museum receives a $10-million commitment

December 23, 2021

America’s Black Holocaust Museum (ABHM) is the recipient of a $10 million commitment made by an anonymous donor through the Greater Milwaukee Foundation. This transformational commitment is in support of ABHM’s recent announcement to reopen on February 25, 2022, and a strategic plan by NMBL Strategies that provides a roadmap to growth and sustainability for generations to come.

“At a time of hyperpolarization, we are in dire need of safe spaces and opportunities created to bring us together to explore difficult issues, to learn, and to celebrate our history,” said Dr. Robert (Bert) Davis, president and CEO of America’s Black Holocaust Museum. “The reemergence of the museum is critical at this time for Bronzeville, Milwaukee and nationally, and I am honored and humbled to continue the work and the legacy of our founder, Dr. James Cameron, as a result of this generous commitment.”

An official announcement and check presentation was made on Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2021 at the museum, 401 W. North Avenue in Milwaukee.

The commitment will be carried out in two phases – an initial grant of $5-million, and a future commitment of an additional $5-million.

Phase one’s main objective is to open and expand the museum for public use. Funds will support expanding and enhancing the exhibits in the building, including all necessary additions and upgrades as well as the grand re-opening. The commitment will also support critical operations such as the addition of key staff and community programming. The expansion will include the acquisition of an adjacent building at 324 W. North Avenue for academic programming.

Phase two will support long-term goals of sustainability and development of the museum to ensure the mission and vision can be carried out in perpetuity.

“With this new investment, America’s Black Holocaust Museum is poised for growth as an unparalleled destination for knowledge and connection – a jewel in our city that enhances the surrounding neighborhoods and serves as a beacon for racial justice everywhere,” said Ellen Gilligan, president and CEO of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation. “The generational work of ABHM aligns with the Foundation’s vision of a Milwaukee for all, and on behalf of our anonymous donor, we hope this commitment inspires others to support and sustain the museum in its vital mission.”

The museum, as a physical space and virtual museum, is crucial as an anchor institution in the heart of Milwaukee historic neighborhood of Bronzeville – and as a place of learning, healing and reconciliation.