America's Black Holocaust Museum reopens with grand celebration

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MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- History was made in Milwaukee's Bronzeville neighborhood on Friday, Feb. 25. After nearly 14 years, the grand reopening of America's Black Holocaust Museum is here.

"As others today seek to ignore, whitewash public awareness how harmful the legacies of slavery, lynching and Jim Crow are in America, how right we are to join together," Senator Tammy Baldwin said.

Standing on the shoulders of museum founder Dr. James Cameron, the community support never stopped.

"To think of someone who is the only survivor of a lynching to have the spirit of humility and reconciliation that he had," Congresswoman Gwen Moore said.

"I know my mom and dad are probably celebrating, partying and I just want to wish my dad happy birthday," Virgil Cameron, Dr. Cameron's son, said.

Its president and CEO asking and declaring -- if not us, then who.

"We don't create history, we interpret history. We educate about our history, about our culture and about our art. But my vision for the museum is to make and create an academic center of excellence around the study of race," Dr. Bert Davis said.

After today's ceremony, America's Black Holocaust Museum will be open to the public during the following times:

  • Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The price for adults is $7. Tickets for children 4-17 are $5. Children three and under get in for free.

For more information, visit the America's Black Holocaust Museum website.

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