The Ann Arbor area has a rich and meaningful African American history, and the African American Cultural and Historical Museum of Washtenaw County will present several recently-announced events this year that are trips to, or located at, places recognized since 2006 by the National Parks Service as “Network to Freedom” sites.
The National theme for Black History Month this year is “Hallowed Grounds: Sites of African American Memories” - and Washtenaw County is home to many places that honor the thousands who made their way out of bondage to claim their freedom. To build on the National theme, Underground Railroad Tours featuring these sites (more than twenty, including historic homes and cemeteries) will be held on both June 18 and August 7 this year here in the Ann Arbor area, and additional historical tours are scheduled for May 8 and October 22. And, on December 4, the AACHM will host its twentieth annual Dinner & Jazz event.
Reservations for these events may be made by calling the African American Cultural and Historical Museum of Washtenaw County at (734) 761-1717. The tour costs are $20 per adult and $10 per student.
The African American Cultural and Historical Museum was established in 1993 to collect, document, preserve and present the historical and cultural contributions of Washtenaw County's African American community. It has historically functioned as a ''museum without walls'' but this year, the Museum plan sto move to its permanent home at 1528 Pontiac Trail in Ann Arbor.